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2002 Qupe Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2004

($25) Ruby-red. Musky aromas of black raspberry, bitter chocolate, espresso, cedar and pepper, along with a leafy nuance. Then superripe and creamy on the palate, with sweet, accessible berry and dark chocolate flavors. The slightly dry-edged finish features light tannins and hints of cassis, graphite and iron filings. A very Bordeaux-styled syrah. (Unfortunately, my sample of the 2002 Alisos Vineyard syrah was corked.)

86 Points | Wine Spectator
88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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