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2008 The Standish Wine Company Andelmonde Shiraz Barossa Valley
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2010

($135) Inky purple. Powerful scents of candied blueberry, Asian spices, violet and star anise, with subtle smoke and licorice qualities gaining volume with air. Broad, velvety, impressively deep dark fruit flavors show liqueur-like depth and richness but don't come off as heavy or thick. In fact, there's unlikely vibrancy here given the depth and richness of fruit. Finishes juicy, deep and pungent, with the violet and spice notes repeating. I really like the way this wine's tannins are enveloped by the fruit, which makes it accessible now but bodes well for aging. (Epicurean Wines, Seattle, WA)

94 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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