90 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2006
($73; 50% new oak) Violet with a bright rim. Ripe but energetic blackberry aroma lifted by rose, violet and Asian spices. Sweet and lush in the mouth, with concentrated plum jam and creme de cassis flavors that betray no rough edges or overripeness. Rich and powerful through the finish, with big but well-integrated tannins.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
About the Rhone Valley
Along with Bordeaux and Burgundy, Rhone Valley wines are some of the world's greatest red wines. But keep in mind that the Rhone Valley is really two distinct regions. The Northern Rhone produces powerful, aromatically complex ...
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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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