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2009 Kokomo Cuvee Ivy North Coast Ca 13.9% $24

50% Carignan, 36% Syrah, 15% Petit Sirah
Tight on the nose with dried herb, pencil shavings, mushroom and vanilla base notes under rich blackberry and black currant fruit. There's a high level of toast to the nose as well. This is tight in the mouth, and while it's a bit low on acid, it's also well enough balanced to be a bit juicy in the mouth with a wash of lovely black fruit early on that picks up some cocoa and nutty nuances on the mid-palate and then a little black spice on the back end. This finishes with some dry tannins, and lightly extracted black fruit that is rich but not really sweet. This needs some time but the fruit here seems to be quite fresh and clear.  Definitely interesting. 88pts Find it Here

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