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2009 Domaine Georges Vernay Cote-Rotie Maison Rouge
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2013

(100% syrah, from a section of the vineyard that measures just under a hectare; the yield was around 20 hl/ha this vintage):  Ruby-red.  A flamboyant, spice-accented bouquet offers raspberry, candied cherry, smoky minerals and incense.  Then sweet, silky and seamless on the palate, offering intense red berry and spicecake flavors and a touch of candied violet.   The gently tannic, penetrating finish features raspberry liqueur, vanilla and candied flowers and lingers for days.

95 Points | Wine Spectator

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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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