88 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2009
($60) More meat and smoky oak than fresh fruit on the nose. Supple and sweet in the mid-palate, but could use a bit more vibrancy. Finishes with slightly drying tannins. Better than the first bottle I tasted, which showed a raisiny quality, but it's hard to imagine that even this sample won't become increasingly roasted in the bottle.
90+ 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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