84 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
87 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2003
($13) Good medium red. Varietally accurate aromas of raspberry, game, woodsmoke and pepper. Supple, round and lightly gamey, with notes of raspberry, coffee and bitter chocolate. Offers impressive intensity and syrah character for the price. Finishes with light, slightly drying tannins.
88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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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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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