93 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2008
($57; 100% syrah) Deep, inky ruby. Spicy raspberry and cherry on the nose, with zesty baking spices adding urgency. Graceful and silky, with suave red fruit flavors, supple tannins and good juicy lift. Seems pinot-like in its balance and fruit expression, finishing with gentle grip and sneaky length. This is extremely attractive right now.
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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