91(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2008
Deep ruby. Ripe cherry and candied plum on the nose, with olive and smoky bacon notes adding nuance. Plush, deeply sweet dark fruit preserve flavors are braced by zesty minerality and pick up an exotic floral pastille character with air. Finishes with a strong smoky quality and lingering sweetness. This definitely requires patience.
93 Points | Wine Spectator
90+ 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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