91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2010
($26) Inky ruby. Pungent aromas of blackberry, tobacco, black olive and licorice. This is really syrah. Round, broad and sweet, with concentrated dark berry and licorice pastille flavors enlivened by harmonious acidity. Really stains the palate on the back end, finishing broad, smoky and long, with suave tannins and a kick of black pepper.
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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