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2007 Cakebread Cellars Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "Carneros"

Winery: Cakebread Cellars

Vintage: 2007

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Carneros"

Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)

Grape blend: 100% Syrah

Region: Carneros

State or country: CA

Price: $51

Cases produced: 1,000

KWG Score: 91.5 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: January 11, 2010

Wine Review: This opaque and very dark purple colored Syrah from Cakebread opens with a fragrant ripe blackberry bouquet with a hint of spice. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic and rich. The flavor profile is a very spicy black raspberry with notes of black pepper and integrated oak. The finish is rather dry and its moderate dusty tannins are sticky and linger for a while. The group though this wine would pair well with a pepper encrusted NY strip steak. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Our 2007 Carneros Syrah boasts a deep, saturated color and classic, cool-toned varietal aromas of ripe dark fruits (cassis, blackberry and boysenberry) augmented by scents of roasted earth, mocha, violets, black licorice and chaparral. On the full-bodied palate, the wine is awash in deep, mouthfilling, cassis and blackberry compote flavors, which glide into a long, rich finish dominated by dark roasted coffee, briary spice and toasty oak tones. While this sumptuous Syrah is delicious now with robust fare, its depth of fruit and firm, supple tannins suggest it will age beautifully in bottle for another 5-7 years.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Cakebread 2007 Syrah.

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