92(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
Inky ruby. Dark berries, candied licorice, minerals and black olive on the nose. Medium-bodied and bright
in the mouth, with taut blackberry and bitter cherry flavors complicated
by tar, minerals and violet pastille. Gains flesh and weight with air and closes on a sweet floral note, with excellent length. This looks like it will need more patience than the Finn.
91 Points | Wine Spectator
94 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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