94 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2008
($60; includes 3% viognier) Inky ruby. Precise red and dark berry aromas are complicated by violet, five-spice powder, smoked meat and minerals. Strikingly lithe and precise, with deep but vibrant raspberry, blueberry and Asian spice flavors. Silky tannins give the wine shape and carry through the long, sappy finish. Wonderfully suave syrah, clocking in at a moderate 13.5% alcohol.
91 Points | Wine Spectator
It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...
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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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