91 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2009
($57) Inky ruby. Ripe cherry and cassis on the nose, complicated by licorice, olive and violet. Textbook syrah on the palate too, offering flavors of sweet red and dark berries, olive tapenade and candied flowers. Becomes spicier on the nervy, precise, long finish. Graillot destems all of his fruit.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Think of Crozes-Hermitage, which comes from a wide variety of vineyard sites north and south of Tain, as a junior version of Hermitage--with less concentration, character, and aging potential but at a fraction of the price.
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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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