($50; 100% whole clusters; just one of the six barrels was new) Saturated ruby. Crushed dark berries and a hint of graphite on the nose. Densely packed but youthfully tight, even a bit clenched, yet ultimately more giving than the 2003 version from whole clusters. The flavors of sweet black fruits, spices and woodsmoke are further brightened by a peppery topnote. Very strong material here, and it's refreshing to taste syrah from a top site that's not overwhelmed by barrel influence.Author: Stephen Tanzer
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