93 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2010
($75) Glass-staining purple. Pungent aromas of dark berry skin, cherry compote, potpourri and minerals, with notes of black olive and smoky Indian spices gaining strength with air. Juicy and densely packed with cherry-cola and cassis flavors; zesty acidity adds spine and focus, as well as finishing lift and cut. Powerful but surprisingly lithe, with outstanding finishing clarity and length.
94 Points | Wine Spectator
95+ 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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