Head Honcho Barrel 27 Santa Barbara County 2012 Syrah, $12.74-$34.99, 92 points, was black almost to the clear wine ring and leggy glass bowl where a deep Shiraz purple/red made its brief appearance.
Aromatic potpourri of black fruit and flowers with barely a hint of bell pepper were quite good.
Full-bodied with good acidity and firm round tannins effectively supported flavors that reflected the aromas plus black pepper, licorice, and plum.
Finished long on a big 15.2% alcohol inspirited spiciness, a coffee note, and blackberry liqueur.
Paired perfectly with our Greek-styled meat-lovers pizza.
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