89-91 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2011
Vivid purple. Deep, smoky aromas of cherry pit and blackcurrant, with complicating notes of licorice and black pepper. Picks up energy with air and offers sweet red and dark fruit flavors, with zesty acidity providing focus and lift. Finishes with good clarity and mineral-driven persistence, repeating the licorice note.
91 Points | Wine Spectator
89-91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
About the Rhone Valley
Along with Bordeaux and Burgundy, Rhone Valley wines are some of the world's greatest red wines. But keep in mind that the Rhone Valley is really two distinct regions. The Northern Rhone produces powerful, aromatically complex ...
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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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