($42) Full ruby. Extroverted, highly perfumed aromas of black raspberry, cherry pie, smoked meat and vanilla bean, with a hint of dried violet. Sappy, deeply pitched dark berry flavors are given spine by tangy acidity and pick up a smoky note on the back half. Supple tannins add shape to the long, sweet finish. This lush, deeply fruity wine will drink well young.
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...
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... Read More »
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