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2005 Austin Hope Syrah Hope Family Vineyard Paso Robles
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2007

($42) Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. Vibrant red and dark berry scents are complicated by smoky bacon and fresh violet, showing a classic syrah personality. Fleshy blackcurrant and cherry flavors pick up bitter chocolate and licorice with air, finishing with impressive lingering sweetness. Tannins make a brief appearance but are absorbed by the fruit, which is strikingly pure and bright.

89 Points | Wine Spectator

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Fantastic find!
by Dolcemaschio13382786
We received this bottle as a Christmas gift and, ironically, were on vacation in Paso Robles when we opened it. It is a fantastic bottle, with big fat fruit, great for sitting around with friends and family (we did), or with a great meal (did that, too). Sadly there is no Austin Hope winery to visit, so we will be ordering this wine on-line.


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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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