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2001 Edmunds St. John Syrah California
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88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2003

($18) Bright ruby. Vibrant aromas of black cherry, blackberry, plum, raspberry, licorice, pepper and mint. Dense and fruity, with flavors of dark berries, licorice and pepper. Not hugely sweet but offers plenty of flavor complexity. Still a bit youthfully closed but finishes with dusty, fairly easygoing tannins. "This smells like Cornas after 24 hours in the recorked bottle," notes Edmunds.

87 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...

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Syrah

While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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