92 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2008
($50; includes 10% grenache) Inky ruby. Explosively perfumed bouquet of black raspberry, strawberry preserves, candied violet and white pepper. Supple and seemingly tannin-free, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and Asian spices. Fresh and juicy on the finish, with the red fruit notes repeating. Deftly blends power and finesse; and drinking very well right now. "From the ripest barrels," Jensen noted.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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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