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SANS LIEGE SYRAH "LONG WAY HOME", SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 2013
NVWE Notes: This Syrah provides knockout quality at a modest price, and its panorama of black currant, blackberry, blueberry, dark cherry, violet, lavender, peppercorn, jerked meat, dark chocolate, soy sauce, charcoal, sage and rosemery proves as focused on the palate as it is to the nose. The texture is sleek, yet palate coating, and the spicy-fruity flavors linger with enough intensity to suppress the tannins. Complex and moderately age-worthy, it is already deliciously dinner-friendly. 475 cases produced.
The inky colored 2013 Syrah Long Way Home comes from top sites (Bien Nacido, Larner, White Hawk and Watch Hill) in Santa Barbara County, saw 25-30% whole clusters and spent 22 months in 20% new French oak. Medium to full-bodied, fruit-loaded and forward, with tons of plum, cracked pepper and garrigue, it has notable tannin and a great, decadent and heady finish. Drink this pleasure-bent 2013 over the coming 3-4 years. Readers looking for rich, textured, character filled wines that won't break the bank need to check out these latest releases from winemaker Curt Schalchlin. eRobertParker.com # , #226 (Aug 2016) Drink 2016 - 2020 Jeb Dunnuck