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By Kerry Winslow

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2009 Anthill Farms Syrah “Campbell Ranch Vineyard” Sonoma Coast.
Okay, so there is only tiny amounts made and hardly anyone has ever seen a bottle of any of Anthill Farms, but damn, this is a fantastic bottle of wine and a fine Syrah being offered at a unreal price to those that can find it. Anthill Farms is an underground cult producer best known for stunning Pinot Noir, but this 2009 vintage lineup of Syrahs are amazing, and the 2009 Anthill Farms Syrah “Campbell Ranch” Sonoma Coast is pure class and comes from a rugged cool climate that gives real Northern Rhone essence and total quality. Like the 2009 Peay Vineyards Syrah, this wine shows that California can produce a world beating Syrah that can compete with any Cote-Rotie or Hermitage at a fraction of the price. Anthill’s Sonoma Coast at $22 is a super steal too, but this wine is a huge leap up, and is still way under $30. The 2009 Campbell Ranch shows pepper, game, violets and blueberries up front with earthy and vibrant complexities that highlight true Syrah characteristics and allows a wine that can be enjoyed now or aged for many years to come. The palate shows boysenberry, lavender, truffle, kirsch and black currant notes with tangy blueberries re-emerging mid palate along with mineral tones. A touch of licorice and white pepper again add to the depth and savory notes to this fantastic Syrah. This is lovely and sexy red wine that goes great with lots of foods and will be a great addition to any cellar.
($26 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

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