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2008 Wind Gap Syrah Sonoma Coast
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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011

(12.1% alcohol, with a pH of 3.65):  Inky ruby.  Seductive perfume of cherry pit, blueberry, olive and Asian spices, along with a strong mineral quality.  Velvety and bright on entry, then energetic and sweet in the mid-palate, with impressive energy to its black and blue fruit compote flavors.  Very pure on the bright, extremely long finish, which features lingering floral and mineral nuances.  These grapes were harvested on November 5th, 6th and 7th.

89 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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