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2008 Cline Syrah

January 19, 2011
2008 Cline Syrah

2008 Cline Syrah

Sonoma’s Cline Cellars has a lot to offer – from Viognier to Pinot Gris to the several different Zinfandels they’re best known for, and, currently, two Syrahs – the 2008 Cline Syrah and the 2008 Cline Cool Climate Syrah. The “regular” Syrah is priced at $12 on the Cline Cellars website, whereas the $16 price of the Cool Climate Syrah puts it just beyond the Frugal Vintner’s self-imposed $15 price limit.

This Syrah pours the color of a dark, ripe plum, and the fruity nose is strongly reminiscent of black cherry, with overtones of mineral and beach grass. The wine drinks as fruity as the nose promises, with a soft finish that’s perhaps just a little bitter at the very tail end.

Overall, I think I prefer the Castillo de Molina Shiraz we enjoyed a couple weeks ago, but by just a small margin. The Vintner’s Husband, on the other hand, likes this one better. In any case, I’m very eager to try the Cline Cool Climate Syrah!

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