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2009 Samsara Syrah Melville Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

Bright purple.  Intensely perfumed scents of black and blue fruits, olive and violet, with sexy Indian spice nuances and a touch of woodsmoke.  Broad, sappy, alluringly sweet cassis, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors show superb clarity and power, with cracked pepper and black cardamon notes on the back half.  Finishes sappy and long, with resonating spiciness, florality and outstanding persistence.  This wine was fermented with 100% whole clusters and was one of the most intriguing bottles that I tasted from the region this year.

94+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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