Five clones of estate-grown syrah are blended together to produce a wine full of nice, tarry fruit. Balanced by good acidity, this wine is hearty from nose through palate to finish. Yet it has a touch of florals throughout as well, which add both a hint of delicacy and another layer of complexity to the earthiness of this still-young wine. Pairs well with roasted meat and fried onion strings. Recommended. BSE.

WHO: Matchbook
WHAT: 91% syrah, 9% cabernet sauvignon
WHERE: Dunnigan Hills, California
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: about $16 (media sample)

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