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via Instagram It goes without saying we love the label, but this is some kind of beast mode Columbia Valley 100% Syrah! Many thanks to our dear friends D&V for sharing this with us (02-25-2017). Clear, dark ruby red. Clean, with complex, savory aromas of dark fruit, roasted game, olive oil and smoky earth. Dry, medium+ acidity, firm tannins, with full body and incredible texture. Lifted, concentrated blackberry and plum fruit flavors mix with meaty, stony elements and a powerhouse finish. With whole cluster Stoneridge Vineyard fruit, forty days on skins and 60% new oak (aged 22 months in puncheons), Charles Smith has created some wicked harmony here, and at 13.5% ABV. Find it, buy it, cellar it another 5 – 7 years. Wine Advocate gave it 99 points, Wine Spectator 97 points … wouldn’t quibble much.
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