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11. Niner Wine Estates Syrah Paso Robles (2008)

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Dark and mysterious on the nose with game undercurrents and licorice, vanilla and tar accents to the dried plum and black currant fruit. This is a big, rich, powerful wine with a lot of blackness obscuring any detail today. It's smooth and supple, if opaque in the mouth with glimpses of vanilla oak, green olive, and violet along with a note of bitter orange peel, all struggling to reveal themselves on the palate. The finish is a touch short with a bit of coffee oak over blueberry and blackberry fruit, but it's not really showing much either. Tough to score this, it is really well balanced and shows great promise, but it's hiding most of what it's got today. Give it 89pts based on potential with room for significant improvement.
 
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