89 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
89 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2008
($48; fermented with 50% whole clusters) Good deep red. Savory aromas of red fruits, bacon fat and game. Fat and dense but not a fruity style; dominant saline and peppery notes give this wine a rather low-toned character. Finishes with substantial, slightly drying tannins.
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
About Napa Valley
Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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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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