95 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
89 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
(15.6% alcohol): Saturated purple-ruby. Blackberry, violet and smoke on the varietally expressive nose. Sweeter and more pliant than the 2008 version, offering a chewier texture and more depth of fruit, along with more harmonious acidity. Still a tad tart and imploded on the back end. I'd wait two or three years before pulling the cork.
88 Points | Wine Spectator
About Napa Valley
Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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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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