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2011 Carlisle Winery Syrah Papa's Block Russian River Valley
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

(made from fruit harvested on October 26; about a third whole clusters and 22% new French oak):  Opaque ruby.  Captivating, high-toned bouquet evokes fresh black and blue fruits, pungent herbs, smoky minerals and notes of clove, cola and black cardamom. Supple, fine-grained and seductively sweet, with a velvety texture and intense, spice-accented blueberry and cassis flavors.  Harmonious tannins make a late appearance on the pliant, clinging finish.  A sexy, complex syrah, with great upfront appeal.  Officer told me that even though this fruit hung through the heavy early October rains the loose clusters prevented botrytis, as did open canopies.

92-94 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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