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2000 Cline Cellars Syrah California
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How did WS rate this an 87?
02/03/2003
by jmw2323
Awful, tannic beyond tannic. Softened slightly after being left open for 24 hours. Barely had a start and the finish was hiding somewhere. Stick with Vinum Pets for a great low cost syrah.

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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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Syrah

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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