92 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
Bright medium ruby. Ripe aromas of mocha, spices, pepper, violet and black tea, plus a subtle meaty nuance. Then pure and youthful on the palate, with lovely acidity framing and energizing the dark berry and spice flavors. Finishes with lush, broad tannins and excellent length. Aeration brought a stronger element of brown spices. Winemaker Mark Herold toasts 30% of the stems and adds them to the fermenter.
90 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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