93 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
Good full ruby-red. Sappy aromas of dark berries, black cherry and mocha; slightly liqueur-like. A concentrated fruit bomb in the mouth, with a compelling sweetness to its dark plum, black raspberry, spice and licorice flavors. Can't quite match the 2009 for mineral-driven complexity, but firm acidity gives shape to this mouthfilling syrah. This should be perfect at about age seven.
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
About Napa Valley
Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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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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