Very fruit-forward with mixed black and red fruit, mulberry and sweet cherry, with leathery tannins and a little black pepper. It is smooth, slightly sweet, a little young, and one-dimensional. There are no changes from attack to mid-palate and the finish drops off quickly.

WHO: Olson Ogden
WHAT: Syrah blend
WHERE: North Coast, California
WHEN: 2008
HOW MUCH: $19 (Media sample)

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