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2006 Pax Wine Cellars Syrah Nellessen Vineyard Green Valley
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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2008

($65) Deep ruby. Sexy, exotic perfume of dark berries, candied cherry, sandalwood and Asian spices. Almost shockingly delicate in the mouth, with vibrant black raspberry and cassis flavors complicated by candied violet and smoky minerals. Becomes spicier on the long, energetic finish, which echoes the dark berries. This is really compelling.

88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Syrah

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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