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2006 Bugay Vineyards Syrah Estate Sonoma County
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Better! And different!
by Fannin10580945
This is now rich, elegant, plush, smooth and long, and a nice cinnamon/clove spice box has developed. This just gets better and more interesting with time. Love it!
Absolutely fantastic and keeps getting better!
by PAwinelover
The previous reviews that talk about this Bugay Syrah getting better with time are spot on. Rich, smooth, elegant and long finishing. The taste is better than the nose and the nose is AMAZING. Can't say enough about this one. My dilemma is how much longer to ration the remaining 6 nottles from my case. The next time I see Bugay offered on Wine Access, I'll get two cases, not one...
I can't stand it!
by Fannin10580945
Fifteen months ago, I said if it gets better I can't stand it. It's better. Much more elegant than I recall. Just superb with a lamb leg and oven roasted potatoes, carrots and Brussel sprouts. I think this is the best expression of American Syrah I've ever had the privilege of drinking, and maybe better than any northern Rhone - I know, it would be hard to believe. Believe it! It's beautiful! A winemaker friend told me once that if you can't imagine it getting better you should drink it all up. Maybe so, but maybe it will get better. I'll ration mine a while longer.

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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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