Clendenen Syrah Rancho La Cuna 2004

SANTA BARBARA | CALIFORNIA | $32

Medium bodied with purple plum, cherry and rhubarb fruit. Hints of graphite and spice. Slightly grassy and floral. Shows amazing balance and restraint (12.5% alcohol) with a light mouth feel and a silky texture. Mature and civilized — the thoughtful, under-control type: much to appreciate, so few thrills. Rembrandt not Van Gogh. A very good wine. (Reviewed 10/18/11)

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Filed under $21 to $50, California, Syrah/Shiraz | Grenache | Mourvedre

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