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For under $20, you’d be hard pressed to find an American syrah that is better.  Blackberry on the palate. Fruity (juicy, not jammy) with a little meatiness, this paired nicely with sausage pizza.   Copain is choosing to pick earlier and this bottle proves that you can reduce alcohol levels without sacrificing flavor.   By the way, is your pizza stone old and a little dirty?  Use parchment paper on top of the  stone, great crust and none of the mess.

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Amber ridgeThis wine is yummy. On the nose I first smelled white pepper, followed by boysenberry, very jammy. Then the vanilla appeared. I could smell this wine all day. On the palate the wine is lush with black fruits and vanilla. The wine lost some of its fruit after about one and a half hours. It paired very well with dinner which was paella. You can read the wine makers notes here.

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carlisle-2005-sonoma-country-syrah1Opened and sipped. There was a streak of acidity so we aired the wine in the glass for 30 minutes. Color is deep dark purple verging on black. On the nose I smelled blackberry and vanilla. The acid calmed down. On the palate I tasted oak, vanilla and dark red fruits. There is white pepper on the finish. This wine is rich and mouth filling. The wine remains beautifully balanced even with 15.1% alcohol. The wine maker’s notes can be viewed at Carlisle 2005 Syrah, Sonoma County.

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