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2008 Craggy Range Vineyards Syrah Le Sol Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay
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91(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - October 2010

($65) Saturated ruby-red. Blackberry, blueberry, licorice, minerals and menthol on the rather masculine, Hermitage-like nose. Less musky and more primary than the 2007 was at the same stage, offering a powerful, densely packed core of dark berry, pepper and spice flavors. Superb inner-mouth energy gives this wine sharp delineation. The tannins spread out to dust the entire palate. This very young and structured wine is built to age. Doesn't show the finishing leather and meat notes of the 2007 yet, but this wine has more force, and greater complexity will come. (An earlier sample showed an almost liqueur-like candied fruit quality but was even more backward and brooding.) (Kobrand, Inc., New York NY)

93 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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