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2009 Jorian Hill Bespoke Santa Ynez Valley 13.9% $30

45% Grenache, 45% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre
Creamy red berries greet the nose along with a gentle underlay of spice with hints of pink peppercorns and red flowers along with well-judged vanilla and caramel notes. This is lovely, entering the mouth with freshness and brightness. There's an initial whack of something vaguely medicinal, minty and spice which is followed by rich yet fresh berry and plum fruits. The really attractive thing here is the texture, which remains rather dry and elegant for this style of wine. Some pomegranate and wild cherry pop on the back end along with a little sweet vanilla oak, with everything coming together quite nicely in the moderately long finish. The flavors on the finale seem a bit candied, but the texture of this wine remains fresh. 91pts

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