92 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2010
($45) Inky purple. Wild black fruits, olive and potpourri on the nose, with a peppery element emerging with aeration. Suave and vibrant, with an Old World lightness of touch to the sweet flavors of blackberry, mulberry, pepper and smoky herbs. Finishes with gently chewy tannins and suave lingering perfume.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
93-95 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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