Syrah from Sonoma County, California. (92% from the Sonoma Coast and 8% from Contra Costa County.)
SRP of $12 and available for as low as $8. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
"A Syrah is a Syrah and also a Shiraz but not a Sirah (Petite type)! Syrah originated in the Rhone Valley in France and is now widely planted in other regions of France, Italy, Australia (known there as Shiraz) and California. Cline's Syrah is a wine of surprising complexity. The deep purple color explodes with black cherry fruit spiced with cracked black pepper aromas. Try this "up-over" Syrah with all things grilled...salute!
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The 2010 Cline Cellars Sonoma County Syrah begins with a very pleasant aroma featuring plum, black cherry, lots of dried herbs and a little mint. The wine tastes rich and savory with tons of jammy fruit, just a touch of greenness and nice pepper notes. This is a very fruit driven wine that doesn't have the big smoked meat notes found in many other Syrah. It actually seems more typical to me of what you often find in Australian Shiraz/Syrah, which is not a bad thing. It ends with nice spice and more black pepper on the long, fruit-filled finish. Quite nice, this wine will have a lot of mass appeal!
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Overall Rating: 7.5
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