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2009 Carlisle Winery Syrah Dry Creek Valley
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

Glass-staining purple.  Blackberry, singed plum and cocoa powder aromas are lifted by a floral topnote.  Sweet, floral and open-knit, with very good density to its black and blue fruit flavors.  Becomes smokier as it opens in the glass, finishing with broad, harmonious tannins.  You could drink this with great pleasure right now.  This big boy, which includes 15% grenache and a bit of viognier, checks in at 15.5% alcohol, the highest of this year's set of syrahs.

94 Points | Wine Spectator

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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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