($45) Glass-staining violet. Mineral- and spice-dominated bouquet of black raspberry, dried flowers and olive, with a vibrant peppery quality. Deeper black and blue fruits in the mouth, which also offers violet pastille and spicecake qualities. Closes down with air and finishes with very good grip and an echo of dark berry skin. This is a baby but offers excellent potential.
88 Points | Wine Spectator
90-92+ 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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