90(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2012
Opaque ruby. Dark berry preserves and flowers on the highly scented nose. At once rich and lively, with intense flavors of mineral-tinged blackberry and violet. Firm tannins add shape and solid grip to long, spicy, subtly smoky finish. I find this wine very youthful and wouldn't advise drinking it any time soon.
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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