91 Points | International Wine Cellar , June 2012
Good dark red. Currant and plum aromas are currently overshadowed by truffle, mocha and game on the slightly syrupy nose. Less fleshy and fat in the mouth than the '04, offering less pliancy and complexity today. Shows a penetrating quality and finishes with serious dusty tannins. Boasts a solid acid/tannin structure but will this wine maintain its fruit with further time in bottle?
98 Points | Wine Spectator
95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
About Napa Valley
Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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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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