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October 2011

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Rendezvous No. 10: Young Love This youthful beauty shows well now, but we'd like to revisit her in ten years. —Derek Rossmiller "Runs the gamut from pomegranate to dark berries to tobacco; juicy and bright, with perfumed blue flowers." —William Sherer "A cherry/blueberry-laden fruit basket with good energy and focus. The rascal of the vineyard: surely a New World blend." —Dean Wachstetter The Reveal: Hahn Winery 2010 GSM Central Coast ($14) is comprised of 64% Grenache, with a 34% Syrah from the famous Doctor's Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands and 2% percent Mourvèdre. Patrick Krutz. Rendezvous No. 11: The Micro Winery Only 170 cases from a prized vineyard. "Lavender and thyme season this red while grilled meat mesh with velvet tannins: concentrated and potent!" —Joe Phillips "Cherry liqueur up front is seemingly sweet, but smoke and spice add depth to a blueberry middle, riding on velvet tannins." —Meridith May The Reveal: Krutz Family Cellars 2008 Stagecoach Vineyard Syrah, Napa Valley ($38) hails from the border of the Atlas Peak appella- tion. Stagecoach rises 1,200 feet in elevation and continues to climb to over 1,800 feet. Grown on volcanic soils, this 100% Syrah is from Patrick Krutz, first-generation winemaker for this label, and a former native of Mississippi who applies his deep Southern roots and family values to his new venture. october 201 1 / the tasting panel / 79

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