This was my personal favorite (the group's 2nd) in a recent blind tasting of Santa Barbara Syrahs. Just a sensational bottle of wine, Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, black coffee, white pepper and roasted meats. Deep. On the palate, this is delicious. Black raspberry fruit over a clay-ish base. It unwinds in the glass with lighter tannins. Long finish. This is a big wine but with a lovely elegance to it as well. I doubt it gets better from here but easily has another decade or more left at this level. It will go with bigger meats and stews.
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