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2008 Big Basin "Frenchie's Ranch" Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah

SKU #1265588 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Opaque ruby. An explosively perfumed bouquet displays scents of candied black and blue fruits, incense, vanilla and violet, with an overlay of sexy oak spice (this was raised in 100% new barrels). Supple, sweet and broad, with strikingly deep blackberry and blueberry flavors given spine by zesty acidity. Finishes sweet, spicy and very long, with resonating floral and smoke notes. (JR) Inner quote mark (11/2011)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2008 Syrah Frenchies’ Ranch is 100% Syrah that spent 27 months in 100% new oak barrels. Frenchies’ is essentially the three best Syrah barrels from Rattlesnake Rock. It shows gorgeous aromatic delineation and layers of sumptuous fruit, with attractive mid-palate pliancy and a multi-dimensional, textured finish. Bradley Brown crafts gorgeous artisan wines from his vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey County. The wines are fermented with ambient yeasts, see no racking and are bottled unfined and unfiltered... As good as these wines are – and they are often outstanding – my feeling is that Brown has just scratched the surface of his potential. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2011)

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