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*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Quivira Winery.

And I’ve previously reviewed this wine as I’m a club member at Quivira and it arrived in a club shipment 2 years ago. I reviewed this wine a year and a half ago. Honestly, I don’t think my notes could be any different. Which is why I am reviewing this again. You can read the first review here. When last I reviewed this, it was fairly recently in the bottle. The wine is the 2006 Quivira Hommage a Ampuis Syrah. It had a real cork, retails for $36, and clocked in at 14.4% alcohol by volume. The thing about this wine is that it’s actually fermented with Viognier skins. The first time I drank this, shortly after it was bottled, that was readily apparent. Blind I would have called it Viognier. That’s mostly gone now with the Syrah really shining through.

On the nose I found pepper, black cherry, cherry pie, plum, violets, earth, spice, smoked bacon, and smoke. The only hint I found of the Viognier was that the nose had a flowery, perfumey quality that I associate with Viognier. In the mouth I got black cherry, black plums, violets, berries, and blue fruit. The mouthfeel was fantastic with well integrated tannins and juicy full fruits. I really enjoyed this wine again, even though it was entirely different from the first time I drank it.