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2006 Jaffurs Wine Cellars Syrah Thompson Vineyard Santa Barbara County
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2008

($38) Opaque ruby. Dark berries and gingerbread on the nose, with exotic potpourri and smoky Indian spices adding interest. Fresh and juicy, offering sappy red and dark berry flavors and picking up gentle tannins on the back end. Finishes with good sweetness and length, but doesn't have quite the verve for outstanding.

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Syrah

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