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2009 Jaffurs "Larner Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah

SKU #1178795 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2009 Syrah Larner Vineyard shows off layers of blackberries, black olives, earthiness, tar and smoke. It is a broad, large-scaled wine loaded with personality and fabulous inner perfume, but readers have to be willing to accept a measure of wildness. As is often the case with Larner, it is my belief that this vineyard’s true potential has yet to be fully tapped. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. This is a very strong showing from Rhone specialist Craig Jaffurs. The Syrahs in particular are outstanding. In 2009 the Syrahs were picked between October 5 and November 4 illustrating just how long the harvest can stretch in Santa Barbara. The straight Santa Barbara County is an excellent starting point, and easily one of the best values readers will find in California Syrah. Inner quote mark (8/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Inky ruby. Alluring scents of raspberry, game, violet, smoke and Indian spices. Supple and sweet, with lively red fruit compote flavors gaining weight and spiciness with air. This vibrant, highly expressive syrah finishes with strong punch and lingering floral notes. Inner quote mark (12/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Pure, ripe and intense, yet delicate and spicy, this red is marked by mineral, cedar, dried wild berry and blueberry flavors. Full-bodied, firming and then drying, though with a stronger push of fruit and spice than some 2009s. Best from 2013 through 2023. Inner quote mark (12/2011)

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