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Syrah

John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Augusta Winery, Reserva del Patron, 2009

Wine Rating: 92

The weather in Southern California has been cool this past summer, most days starting out with a cold morning haze and warming toward noon, with late afternoon sun opening up to balmy mid-evenings. This is quite unusual weather for us. Up in Northern California, however, it has been much warmer, which is causing the grape harvest come early—about two weeks earlier than usual—because the warm spring with little frost promoted hurried vine growth and stability in grape ripening throughout wine country.

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Charles Smith Wine
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Charles Smith Winery, K “Ovide”, 2009

Wine Rating: 94

I had been planning to review one of the best Pinot Noirs ever produced in California, but during a dinner I recently attended for a wonderful friend, and following a few bottles of some amazing Kosta Browne, I inadvertently opened it, forgetting that it was it was for my review. It was a robust and commanding 2007 Marcassin and I can tell you, it was delicious. A true beauty from the Three Sisters Vineyard, and days later I can still taste it. That’s saying something. It’s one of those wines that you’ll recall when you’re bragging about remarkable bottles that you’d once enjoyed.

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