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2008 Carlisle Cardiac Hill Syrah

Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

96Robert M. Parker Jr.

A remarkable perfume of meat blood, grilled herbs, blackberries, chocolate, and a hint of espresso emerge from this opaque purple-colored effort. The wine hits the palate with a cascade of fruit and glycerin, a voluptuous texture...

93Wine Spectator

Ripe, rich, full-bodied plum, blackberry and raspberry form the core fruit flavors, with a touch of cedar and mineral, turning elegant and even delicate from midpalate on. There's just the right touch of tannins on the finish.

93Vinous / IWC

Complex aromas of black fruits, smoky minerality, exotic flowers, olive and tobacco leaf; very syrah. Sweet and juicy, with notes of herbs and exotic flavors and a slight edge of acidity adding urgency to the blackberry and cassis flavors.

REGION

United States, California, North Coast, Bennett Valley

North Coast AVA includes California’s most prestigious sub-appellations and vineyards. The three million acre area includes vineyards in six counties north of San Francisco and nearly 50 sub-appellations. The Napa Valley and Sonoma County AVAs are just two of the renowned sub-appellations included in the North Coast designation, which also includes the AVAs Diamond Mountain District, Howell Mountain, Oakville, Stag’s Leap and Rutherford, which are all among the most acclaimed wine producing districts in California. The North Coast AVA designation is generally used for wines made by blending grapes grown in several counties or AVAs. The appellation includes part of the counties of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Marin, Solano and Lake.

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.