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2010 Quivet Cellars Syrah Las Madres Vineyard Hulda Block
RATING: 94 points
PRODUCER: Quivet Cellars
FROM: Carneros, Sonoma, North Coast, California, USA
VARIETY: Syrah
ESTIMATED COST: $38
ISSUE: #14 - Dec 2012

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Unfortunately, with only 44 cases of the 2010 Quivet Cellars Syrah Hulda Block Las Madres Vineyard produced, there is not much of it to go around.  A blend of 100% Syrah aged in 50% new oak, it is a classic cool-climate Syrah that possesses an inky purple color to go with brilliant aromas and flavors of black raspberry, olive tapenade, smoked bacon, sage, and a touch of game.  Deep, rich, and layered on the nose, it stays vibrant and fresh on the palate, with integrated, juicy acidity, beautiful precision, and an overall elegant, medium-bodied profile.

Count me a fan and it shines more for its aromatics and purity than power or concentration.  Give bottles another year or two in the cellar, and enjoy it over the following 5-8 years.

44 cases made

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Jeb Dunnuck