91 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2012
Bright ruby. Red berry preserves and cherry on the pungent, floral nose. Deeply pitched but lively, boasting very good focus to its bitter cherry and licorice flavors. A spine of minerality adds cut and vibrancy to the long, spicy finish. I like this wine's tension and suspect that it will be a slow, graceful ager.
91 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Think of Crozes-Hermitage, which comes from a wide variety of vineyard sites north and south of Tain, as a junior version of Hermitage--with less concentration, character, and aging potential but at a fraction of the price.
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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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