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2008 Booker Vineyard The Alchemist Paso Robles
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93(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2010

($51; 65% syrah, 10% each of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and tempranillo, with 5% grenache) Opaque purple. Brooding aromas of cassis, boysenberry, woodsmoke and minerals. Bright but broad on the palate, offering rich, sweet dark berry and cherry compote flavors and notes of smoky herbs and candied flowers. Possesses excellent depth and finishes with serious, chewy tannins and excellent length. This will be a very interesting wine with a few more years of bottle age.

95 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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