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Wine Spectator Reviews 2012 Smoke and Mirrors
91 points from The Wine Spectator for our 2012 Smoke and Mirrors? Score: 91 Refreshingly quirky, this offers ripe cherry and spicy nut bread aromas, leading to zesty dried blackberry, cracked pepper and licorice flavors that linger toward ripe tannins. Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenach...

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2001 Frediani Petite Syrah

The perfect combination of 100-125 year old head trained vines planted on a hillside near Calistoga in Napa Valley and a grower, Al Frediani, who truly loves what he does and has been mastering his craft on this vineyard his entire life, result this fantastic wine. These vines have low fruit yields resulting in intense flavor and color and produce a wine of incredible complexity. We used eight different types of French oak Burgundy style barrels (70% new) with medium to high toast during the aging of this wine.

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Full-bodied and oozing with blackberry pie filling in a cinnamon piecrust with hints of cassis, dark chocolate and subtle hints of smoked game. This opaque purple wine is a truly decadent experience.

Varietals: 100% Petite Syrah
Appellation: Calistoga, Napa Valley
Alcohol: 14.9%
Production: 122 cases

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A dark, plush, deeply concentrated effort, with ripe berry, roasted coffee grounds and grain scents, firm but ripe tannins and a long, rich aftertaste that keeps pumping out stewed plum and wild berry flavors. Definitely tannic, but delicious. Drink now through 2019.