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2010 Carlisle Winery Syrah Papa's Block Russian River Valley
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012

(3.89 pH and 15.5% alcohol):  Inky ruby.  Wild, heady bouquet evokes candied dark berries, potpourri, sandalwood and olive tapenade.  Lush, palate-staining blueberry and mulberry flavors show outstanding clarity and intensity, with sexy floral pastille and spicecake nuances building with air.  Packs a very serious punch but possesses unlikely vivacity and finishes long and sappy, with strong spicy cut.  By the standards of high-end syrah, from anywhere, this is a remarkable value.  There are also 567 cases to go around.

93 Points | Wine Spectator
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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