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Community Tasting Notes (23) Avg Score: 90.2 points

  • Inky, dark purple color. The nose is very complex with a very old world profile of gunflint, smoke, animale, meaty, violets, and plums. This is a classic syrah on the palate - blackberry, plum, smoked meat, violets, spice, and minerals. Structurally, there are ample, sandpapery tannins that create a rustic mouthfeel, but the acidity is well managed and supports the fruit beautifully. Overall, Shane Finley did an excellent job of creating a cool climate syrah with character and complexity. It needs food to help tame the tannins, but it is well made in a rustic, masculine way.

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  • super dusty, as if the glasses had been sitting in cardboard for a decade. but not in a TCA way. some dark fruit emerged, the tannins had softened out a bit. still, this never evolved into anything special.

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  • New World Blind Tasting Group $25+ (Bin 75): Black core with thin bright reddish violet rim; intense nose, black pepper, black olive, brine, hints at vanilla; dense mouthfeel, rich, vanilla, plum skin, wild berry; needs more time and/or air; very good; nailed it.

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  • Still a baby and just flat out delicious. Frankly, for the area this comes from this is a Monster.
    The wine looks purple colored. The legs are slow. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like blueberry, cherry, plum, forest floor, cedar and lead pencil. It tastes like blackberry, blueberry, cherry, mineral, forest floor, espresso, light toast and black pepper. The body is medium/full. The wine has polished texture. The wine finishes long. The wine has high acidity.

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  • Extracted black core with violet rim; tar, mint, blackberry, violets, ink, dark berry, sauvage yet a plushness to nose, completely Syrah, deep and sexy; some tannin on palate; great domestic Syrah, this will probably improve with more bottle age; very good.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Shane Wine Cellars Syrah The Unknown Sonoma County) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    8/22/2009, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 90 points

    (Shane Syrah The Unknown) Barrel sample - opaque dark red violet color; smoky black fruit, charcoal nose; tart black fruit, bacon fat, smoke, Crozes-Hermitage like, charcoal palate; medium-plus finish 90-91 pts. (75% whole cluster; 20% new oak; 9 clones)

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