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2006 Betts & Scholl Shiraz Black Betty Barossa Valley
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2008

($79) Saturated ruby. Expansive bouquet of blackberry and cherry preserves, Asian spices and cola. Floral notes emerge with air and carry onto the palate, joining sweet red and dark berry flavors. Dusty tannins add gentle grip but this is all about powerful, almost jammy fruit. The tannins fade on the long, supple finish, which leaves behind a strong echo of spices. This can be drunk now. (Betts & Scholl, Sausalito, CA)

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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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