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2008 Radio-Coteau Vineyards Timbervine Syrah

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased upon release

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

92Robert M. Parker Jr.

...aromas of underbrush, herbs, meat, flowers, black raspberries and blackberries. Medium to full-bodied...a beautifully made, pure Syrah...

92-94Stephen Tanzer

Blackcurrant, minerals and smoked meat on the primary nose. Suave on entry, then packed with sweet dark fruit flavor in the middle, gaining structure with air...juicy and punchy, with well-delineated flavors of boysenberry, black cherry, licorice and candied violet. This seamless, sappy wine finishes with fine-grained tannins and impressive energy.

92Jeb Dunnuck

...savory black fruits, pepper, violets, and earth driven aromatics. This leads to a medium-bodied, classy wine that's impressively balanced, shows awesome purity, and a very long, focused finish.

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.