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2009 Carlisle Winery Syrah Cardiac Hill Bennett Valley
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93(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

Opaque purple.  Smoky red and dark berry aromas are complemented by classic syrah notes of olive tapenade, minerals and black pepper. Tangy, spice-accented black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are braced by dusty tannins and pick up an exotic violet note on the back end.  Taut, focused and very fresh, finishing with excellent cut and peppery persistence.  This is still a baby.  This was also fermented with 40% whole clusters, said Officer.

91 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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