Bridlewood 1998 Winners Circle Syrah (Central Coast)

This represents the winery's attempt to recreate a C么te R么tie-like wine. It's very similar to the regular bottling, with lots of ripe, fancy fruit, but it's oakier, with 50% new American barrels. What really distinguishes it, though, is its balance. The only complaint, and it's a minor one, is that the tannins are so soft, and the acidity so low, that it's a bit flabby. Most people won't notice or care.

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