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Community Tasting Notes (16) Avg Score: 90.2 points

  • At home in Princeton with Val's chili. First experience with this wine, bought on release...Splash decant.

    Color is light garnet/purple, translucent. Nose is "green/herbal characteristics, green pepper, olives with dark fruits behind it. I recall this was whole cluster, nose suggests its not integrated. Blue fruits, rhubarb, roasted meats, savory notes, black olives, black tea. Spice and black pepper very pronounced on the finish. Medium/light body and medium finish

    Acidity frames this wine nicely. Would describe it as "interesting", especially for the varietal. Not a typical Syrah - new or old world - and may not be for everyone. The stage of evolution is hard to pin down (for me) as it may just be where its going to be or start to put on some weight and loose some of the green characteristics...seems to be a good bet to let it evolve a bit.

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  • On night two of this Clary Ranch Syrah from Arnot-Roberts.About as cool climate as you can get with California Syrah. This is a really tasty wine. Loads of briny black olive and chewy stems framed by blue fruit and zippy acidity all wrapped in fine but grippy tannins. It could go a few more years but the level of acid and stemminess likely will outlast the fruit. Drink by 2020.

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  • It has been 2 years since my last time with this wine. In 2013 it was all cracked black pepper. In 2015 it has gone smoky and faatty, so yes, bacon! Further on in the mid-palate the dark fruit and black pepper reappear and carry through to the finish. It remains a high acid Syrah, so those looking for richness should seek elsewhere. That being said it is classic Syrah with energizing brightness that works very well with food.


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  • Nice overall but little on the green/light side.

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  • PopnPour, tasted over 2 hrs and Day 2
    -dark red/purplish
    -bacon/meaty funk, black olive tapenade, black pepper, very Cote-Rotie-ish; nose muted on Day 2
    -med acidity, lighter weight and med- concentration, faint dark berry and savory elements but less pronounced than the nose, not a lot of complexity at this point, med tannins with OK length; more depth and intensity on Day 2
    -gorgeously aromatic lighter weight Northern Rhone ringer, but it seems that the fading fruit has left a bit of a void in the mid-palate rather than being replaced by secondary/tertiary elements so the result is less complexity with evolution rather than the increase I had anticipated, may just need some more time as suggested by Day 2 tasting

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Sonoma...A Thrill a Minute (Jul 2013), (See more on Vinous...)

    (Arnot-roberts Syrah Clary Ranch Sonoma Coast) Subscribe to see review text.
  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2013, IWC Issue #168, (See more on Vinous...)

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