Cline Sonoma County 2009 Syrah, $11.99-$13.99, 83 points, begins with a not so clear ruby red trending an off purple color with a thin clear rim.
A "barnyard" nose yields to a bit of petrol and red grape.
The medium body carries fair acidity with mid tannin onto the palate with a hint of mint up front and a mirror image of the "aromatic" profile.
Though the texture is okay, and the finish has a touch of spice, they are not enough to save this wine.
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