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2012 Dehlinger Frei Road Syrah

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from a distributor

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

93Vinous / IWC

The flavors are dark and intense to the core. Tar, smoke, licorice and black fruit flow through to the huge, voluptuous finish.

90Robert M. Parker Jr.

The softest and easiest to appreciate... This velvety textured wine shows nice layers of blackberry fruit, earth, licorice and a touch of chocolate. It is medium to full-bodied...

90Wine Spectator

Savory black raspberry and cracked pepper aromas open to densely layered flavors of dark plum, mineral and grilled anise, framed by dense but ripe tannins.

REGION

United States, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley AVA is named for the river that meanders from Mendocino County in the north until it finally runs into the Pacific Ocean north of San Francisco. The AVA is cool thanks to its proximity to the northern California coast and the river, and grape growers must learn to deal with regular fog. Nevertheless in recent decades the AVA has become one of the best in the state, meaning that its wines often earn excellent reviews and have considerable cachet. The AVA status was awarded in 1983 and today the appellation has 15,000 vineyard acres. Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape though Pinot Noir has also been very successful in recent decades. Russian River Valley Pinot Noir are known for being rich, lush and filled with concentrated fruit and berry flavors. Russian River Pinot Noirs are today considered some of the best domestic Pinot Noirs.

TYPE

Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.