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2018 Cattleya "The Initiation" Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah

SKU #1508643 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2018 Syrah The Initiation is another gorgeous wine from this estate that readers will love. Coming from a great vineyard in the cooler Santa Lucia Highlands, it offers a gorgeous perfume of blueberries, violets, leafy herbs, bacon fat, and sagebrush that develops and opens up beautifully with air. Possessing medium to full-bodied richness, a pure, seamless texture, incredible elegance and purity, and a great finish, it's another classic 2018 that builds with time in the glass and will evolve gracefully for 15 years or more. Inner quote mark (5/2020)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Opaque violet. Highly perfumed aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, potpourri, vanilla and baking spices are accompanied by hints of incense and cola. Shows excellent clarity and spicy lift on the palate, offering deeply concentrated cassis, cherry cola, lavender pastille and salty olive flavors that show zero rough edges. Smooth, sweet and expansive on the extremely persistent finish, which echoes the spice and floral notes. (JR) Inner quote mark

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Few Central Coast wines age more intriguingly than Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah. This wine is black as night in the glass, and offers aromas of asphalt, black pepper, caramel, fudge and black currant. The palate is dense and wrapped in polished tannins, carrying flavors of black plum, cassis, coffee and light vanilla. Drink now through 2038. (MK) Inner quote mark


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