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2009 Arrowood Vineyards and Winery Syrah Saralee's Vineyard Russian River Valley
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About Arrowood Vineyards and Winery

Chardonnay and Cabernet are the most important varieties from a commercial standpoint at Arrowood, but the Viogniers and unusually rich barrel-aged Pinot Blanc have been consistently excellent for many years...

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2009 Arrowood Vineyards and Winery Syrah Saralee's Vineyard Russian River Valley

Producer: Arrowood Vineyards and Winery
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma

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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012

(includes 4% co-fermented viognier):  Opaque ruby.  Smoky dark berry aromas are complicated by notes of olive, cracked pepper and licorice.  Sweet and expansive, offering powerful blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that pick up allspice and candied violet notes with air.  Closes sappy and long, with very good energy and lingering florality.

91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...

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Syrah

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