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2007 Jaffurs Wine Cellars Syrah Upslope Santa Barbara County
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92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

($75) Opaque ruby. Powerful, youthfully brooding aromas of cherry pit, dark chocolate, licorice and black pepper. Opens with air to offer sweet dark berry flavors and a strong note of candied flowers. Firm tannins build in the glass and carry through a long, pungent and very spicy finish. This wine deserve patience.

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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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