94 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2009
($48) Inky ruby. Expressive aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola, Asian spices and smoky minerals. Sweet dark fruit flavors stain the palate and are braced by zesty mineral and bitter licorice qualities. Shockingly fresh and focused for a big wine, with excellent finishing lift and mineral-driven persistence. Officer told me that this was the last fruit he brought in, on October 25.
96 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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