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2010 Pax Wine Cellars Syrah Griffin's Lair Sonoma Coast
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

(made with 75% whole clusters; 13.5% alcohol):  Glass-staining ruby.  A flamboyantly perfumed bouquet displays scents of cherry liqueur, cassis, bitter chocolate, anise and espresso, complicated by notes of dried flowers. Then youthful and vibrant in the mouth, offering energetic, finely etched flavors of ripe blackberry and boysenberry.  Creamy and powerful but with excellent focus and vivacity.  The sweet dark berry flavors linger impressively on the smooth, gently tannic finish. 

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Syrah

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