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2009 Qupe Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley
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89 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2011

Bright purple.  Blackberry and cassis scents are complicated by notes of game, black pepper and bitter chocolate.  Spicy dark fruit flavors show good concentration and focus, with zesty acidity adding spine.  Finishes with good cut, length and lingering spiciness.


90+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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