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Dear Dr. Vinny,
What’s the difference between a Syrah from a cool climate vs. a Syrah from a warm climate?
—Ricky, San Antonio
As you might imagine, Syrah grown in warmer climates ripens more easily, so the wines will typically feature riper fruit flavors, like blackberry and plum, with a lush profile. Cool-climate Syrahs are more likely to showcase red fruit notes, a peppery, spicy side and a leaner frame.
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