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2008 Hudson-Chatham Empire Reserve 12%

Astringent and wiry on the nose though notes of tobacco, wood smoke, cocoa, a touch of game and some floral aromas emerge with air, lending this a distinctly Syrah-like profile. A touch soft in the mouth, this medium-bodied wine shows a nice, polished style with flavors of Italian plums, iron, woodsy spice and cranberries on the mid-plate yielding to a bit of an earthier palette on the back end. The finish is fairly long and shows nice plummy fruit with an earthy, almost tobacco scented tannic profile. Nicely styled. 86pts

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  • You should try the excellentPinot Noir from Heart and Hands Wine Co, in the Finger Lakes with which I have no affiliation. However, as a wine columnist, they sent me a media sample and I was blown away.

    Mar 21, 2012 at 2:46 PM

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