($45) Opaque ruby. Complex aromas of black fruits, smoky minerality, exotic flowers, olive and tobacco leaf; very syrah. Sweet and juicy, with notes of herbs and exotic flavors and a slight edge of acidity adding urgency to the blackberry and cassis flavors. There's a suave floral streak running through this ripe wine, which finishes with a strong note of peppery spices.
93 Points | Wine Spectator
96 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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