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2007 Rasa Vineyards Syrah Principia Reserve Rasa Vineyards Walla Walla Valley
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2010

($85; mostly from Les Collines fruit) Good deep red-ruby. Reticent but ripe aromas of cherry, flint and pepper. Sweet, silky and deep, with sexy cherry and pepper flavors complemented by subtle oak. Finishes very long, with excellent tannin management and a lingering peppery nuance. This wine got a six-day cold soak and then spent two years in 25% new oak. Stunningly successful Washington syrah, all the more impressive for being from the winery's first vintage. (My look at the 2008 about a month prior to bottling revealed an even more aromatic wine with 92-94 potential.)

93 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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