92 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2009
($43) Inky ruby. Ripe, expansive aromas of blackberry liqueur, cola, gingerbread and licorice. Fleshy dark fruit flavors coat the palate and are given structure by big, velvety tannins. Carrying a lot of weight but there's good energy to the wine's deep fruit, too. The finish repeats the gingerbread and cola notes and offers very good persistence.
98 Points | Wine Spectator
94 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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