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2009 Quivet Cellars Syrah Las Madres Vineyard

Wine geeks love Mike Smith, the winemaker and co-owner of Quivet Cellars, because he’s one of us.

Back in 2001, when Mike was living in Portland, Oregon, he started traveling to Napa Valley on the weekends to help out Thomas Rivers Brown. Brown was already well known at that point, but agreed to let Mike help out because the two men got along well -- and Mike was willing to work for free.

After his third harvest, Mike took the real plunge, moving his family to St. Helena to join Brown as a full-time assistant winemaker. Shortly thereafter, he launched his own label -- Myriad Cellars -- together with his wife Leah. Around the same time, he created a separate label -- Quivet Cellars -- with three wine enthusiasts from Massachusetts.

Smith's wines are fantastic. And the 2009 Quivet Las Madres Syrah is, in a word, yummy.

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