93 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012
Glass-staining purple. Powerful aromas of cherry, blackberry, smoky minerals and vanilla. Lush and creamy on the palate, offering sweet, liqueur-like dark berry flavors and a jolt of peppery spices. Finishes bright and delineated, with gentle silky tannins coming on late. This flamboyant syrah is delicious right now but has the depth to age.
88 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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