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2005 Clarendon Hills Syrah Baker's Gully Clarendon
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2007

($70) Opaque ruby. Liqueur-like blackberry and cassis on the nose, with cured tobacco, espresso and candied licorice accents. Weighty dark berry flavors display almost syrupy concentration, with mocha, vanilla and floral pastille accents. This is almost too much of a good thing, and Old World drinkers may recoil from this. But there's improbably good structure and focus here too.

91 Points | Wine Spectator
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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