91 Points | International Wine Cellar , September 2009
($75; the back label notes that this wine comes from late-harvested syrah) Bright, full ruby. Sexy, musky nose offers black raspberry, black cherry, minerals, leather and smoked meat. Large-scaled, dense and serious but not heavy, with harmonious acidity providing energy to the palate-coating flavors of dark berries and minerals. This really saturates the mouth. Finishes bright and long, with the structure to age. (Kobrand, Inc., New York, NY)
96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
About New Zealand
New Zealand's ocean-influenced climate--markedly cooler than that of its neighbor Australia--yields wines with admirable fruit intensity and crisp acidity. Fully two-thirds of New Zealand's wine production is white, and more than half of the wine it ships to America is Sauvignon Blanc. The U.S. market has developed a major thirst for these juicy, fresh New Zealand Sauvignons, which are mostly free of oak influence. But New Zealand Pinot Noir, too, is growing...
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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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