92(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2004
($35) Bright ruby. Knockout nose combines blackcurrant, blackberry, blueberry, pepper, smoke and flint. At once dense and penetrating, ripe and dry, with nicely defined black fruit and pepper flavors. Salty with extract. Finishes firmly tannic but not hard. From five-year-old vines planted on shale at an altitude of 1,400 feet.
96 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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