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2009 Carlisle Winery Syrah Sonoma County
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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011

Bright purple.  Smoky boysenberry and cherry compote aromas are complicated by notes of black pepper and olive.  Plush and open-knit, offering pliant black and blue fruit flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate.  The finish is smooth, spicy and nicely persistent.  This will work well with strongly seasoned grilled meats.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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