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2009 Jaffurs Wine Cellars Syrah Verna's Vineyard Santa Barbara County
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91(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2011

Dark purple.  Fragrant, complex scents of dark berry preserves, olive tapenade, violet and star anise, with slow-building florality.  Juicy and precise, showing very good depth to its energetic blackberry and bitter cherry flavors.  A deeper note of licorice comes up on the finish, which clings with impressive tenacity.  By all means decant this if you insist on opening it now.

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

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Syrah

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