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Community Tasting Notes (89) Avg Score: 91.7 points

  • I drank this wine when coming off a cold, so this TN should be taken with a huge grain of salt. (In my defense, I had some nice ribeyes that deserved a good wine; I hadn't had a glass in almost a week due to the cold; and I still have one more of these in my cellar.) Anyway, the nose was actually quite muted (and I don't think this was entirely the cold), giving off some notes of dark berries. On the palate the wine was a different creature entirely, coming across like an intense boysenberry liqueur. The wine was extremely silken on the palate; tannins were basically gone, and the acidity was just enough to support the structure of the wine. There was no alcoholic heat or bite, but the wine did impart a sense of mild sweetness that probably came from the alcohol. This would be a great wine to give to a someone who claims not to like red wine; it was extremely accessible, even hedonistic in a gentle fashion. I don't think that Eric Asimov & co. would go for it, however. As the wine has clearly peaked, I will try my remaining bottle under better conditions within the year.

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  • Still drinking beautifully; rich fruit, good balance, nice finish,

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  • Glad to have caught this one now. Still dark black/purple fruits at the core but becoming a bit reticent and throwing some sediment. Rich, but not overdone. deeply flavored and engaging syrah.

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  • This was remarkable. The flavor and feel were near perfect.

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  • Decanted in glasses 45min+. Explosive nose. Expected denser more extracted then this seemed. Lighter body than I expect from Carlisle and the initial impression from the nose.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/29/2008, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 88 points

    (Carlisle Syrah Judge Family Vineyard Bennett Valley) Group's #4 (my #4) – 40 pts; 1, 0, 2, 1 – Opaque, dark purple violet color with cherry edges; big, ripe, boysenberry, berry and chocolate nose; a little hot on entry, with a roasted black fruit and berry palate, tight yet; medium-plus finish 88+ pts. (15.9%)

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