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2007 Eric Kent "Kalen's Big Boy Blend" Sonoma County Syrah

SKU #1055783 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Dark purple. Ripe dark berry and cherry aromas, joined by sexy oak spice and fruitcake qualities and a hint of anise. Deeply pitched black and blue fruit flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity, picking up notes of smoke and olive on the back half. Tannins arrive with aeration and add grip to the long, spicy finish. This is built to age but would be fine to drink in the near term with a good decanting. Inner quote mark (5/2010)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Much like its cellarmate from the Dry Stack Vineyard, this rich but nicely composed wine stops well short of being too big or too ripe and is more polished than it is forceful. It smacks of sweet berries, cocoa and cream with a sprinkling of peppery spice to remind that it is Syrah, and its relatively tame tannins make it all the easier to taste in its youth. Still, it is not quite ready for gulping down just yet, and we would lobby for three or four years of patience while it softens and develops a more cohesive face. Inner quote mark (7/2010)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Dense, chewy, rustic and earthy, this muscle-bound red has a tightly wound, full-bodied mix of extracted currant, wild berry, mineral, sage and graphite flavors that are closed in now and in need of a long decanting. Drink now through 2016. 293 cases made. Inner quote mark (9/2010)

K&L Notes

A great follow up to the high-scoring 2006, and from an even better vintage. Evolving much like Kalen, Eric Kent's son and the Kalen this wine is named for, this wine is really coming into its own. Its inky color seems restrained compared to its exuberant nose, full of black and blue fruit, white pepper spice, freshly tilled earth, umami-rich mushrooms and stony minerals. More balanced and with more acidity than the 2006, the mouthfeel on this wine is seamless, with smoked meat, black and blue fruit flavors framed by baking spices. Give this some air if you really want to drink it now, or put it away for a year or more. This should drink well past 2015.

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