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Cline Cellars Syrah California
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This is one full wine!
by Allison Jr12129697
Locally, can get this as low as $7.99, which is amazing. This is easily equal to a $30-$40 bottle of full taste, wonderful nose, long finish. Drinkable!
Strong and spicy
by Sasha
This was a very nice full bodied Syrah. I've enjoyed a number of Cline's offerings and especially like their Cashmere wine. I decided to give this a try. Not quite as good as the Cashmere but still quite good. I had this with a spicy, peppery soup and thought it worked well together.
A surprise develops
by Green13744258
Somewhat sharp when first opened, this wine develops a sensuous nose both slightly floral and berry; rich but not overwhelming taste. Great to accompany meats and pasta.
by Grotte13449620
This is a very good wine. Very smooth and loads of fruit. Great buy.
Absolutely delicious syrah
by Eugene-NJ
For those of us who likes full body, thick fruit forward, 14% alcohol absolutely delicious syrah, here is the hint: RUN and buy a case of this stuff. Really dark color, nose full of dark fruit, tobacco, cassis. First sip reveals good structure, lots of cassis, plums and a little tobacco. This syrah is rich to the point that you look at the label and wondering weather they poured zinfandel in the bottle by mistake. Long finish. Cline did a good job with this one. I bought it as it was recommended by WS recently. I really didn't expect this quality of wine at this price point.
by Daniel Bordeaux
Very peppery dry unsweet shiraz,,,Would go great with steaks. Not for me, but wife thought ok.
by Frees12004542
smooth, peppery, light body
2005 Better With Food
by Thumper 12141604
The back label calls this 2005 Syrah "up over!" I THINK that's Cline's version of the Aussie Shiraz expression: "Over the Top!" Whatever, it IS very spicey and "oaky" if somewhat light bodied. Heavily decanted, it will pair nicely with Pizza, Tex-Mex and other spicey dishes. However it isn't concentrated or complex enough to serve as an apertif.


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It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...

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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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