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2006 Carlisle Winery Syrah Papa's Block Russian River Valley
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2008

($43) Deep, bright-rimmed purple. Very fresh bouquet of spicy dark berries, violet, smoky minerals and bacon fat. Brilliantly focused and pure, with lively cassis and candied blackberry flavors, zesty minerality and mounting spiciness. Finishes with excellent vivacity and a blast of cracked pepper, leaving candied violet in its wake. Lovely stuff, and very attractive already.

91 Points | Wine Spectator
94-96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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