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2007 Bodega Rancho Syrah Thieriot Vineyard

Decanted.

Opaque.

Aromas are reticent and lifted, peppered blueberry, black raspberry, blood orange, bitter cocoa, violet and lilac and apple wood with a briny, sweet rubber underbelly. Very elegant and humble.

The acidity is tremendous though the structure leaves me looking for a bit of weight in the middle, it ends with espresso grip. The wine is sleek and nuanced up front and without huge hits of alcohol or overripe fruit. Black pepper, red plum and blood orange flavors are prominent as are floral, sage, hay, black olive, soft cured wood and chalky notes. The finish is briny and grainy, chalky and the persistence is very good. The wine picks up more spice, weight and structure in the glass with a few hours of air.

Its opens like a sinewy and spicy and finishes with more pronounced structure and weight, though it remains very lithe with a beautiful peppered blood orange character. Primary and bright at this point, it should be more complex in 3-5 years.

Sandy soils in Petaluma Gap. 135 cases, 13.5%.

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