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2007 Clarendon Hills Syrah Astralis Clarendon
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95(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2010

($225; 100% new French oak) Glass-staining purple. Smoky, mineral-laced boysenberry and blueberry on the nose, with sexy oak spice and floral qualities coming up with air. Rich, fleshy and smooth, offering sappy dark fruit flavors and a wild array of floral and spice accents. For a rich wine this possesses uncanny balance. The endless, spice-accented finish features firm but harmonious tannins and leaves sweet vanilla, cola and dark berry liqueur notes behind. I'd stash this away for at least another five or six years. These vines were planted in 1920. (Wine Brokers Unlimited, Hayward, CA)

95 Points | Wine Spectator
97 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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