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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2005
($75; a special bottling that reportedly comprises the best two barrels from Thompson Vineyard fruit) Full medium ruby. High-toned aromas of blackberry, violet pastille, black licorice, sassafras and eucalyptus. Very youthfully unevolved, with blackberry, violet and licorice flavors similar to the aromas, plus some oaky torrefaction. A bright, spicy, focused syrah, and a classic example of this variety grown in Santa Barbara County Finishes with fine tannins and excellent length. Give this at least a couple more years of bottle aging.