97 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
89 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2005
($75) Bright, saturated medium ruby. Nose initially dominated by oak; with aeration, this showed black raspberry, chocolate, pepper, gunflint and violet. Then lush, layered and deep, with flavors of raspberry, currant and smoke. Finishes with broad, dusty tannins that grew with time in the glass.
87 Points | Wine Spectator
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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