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2009 Kongsgaard Wines Syrah Hudson Vineyards Napa Valley
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97 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012

Good full ruby.  Wild, exotic aromas of black cherry, blueberry, smoked meat, truffle, black olive and violet; if the 2010 smells like Hermitage, this is more Cote-Rotie.  Harmonious, pliant and suave, showing captivating floral lift to its flavors of black cherry, blueberry and white pepper.  Less muscular than the 2010 version and easier to enjoy today.  The rising, sappy, subtly complex finish features firm but utterly silky tannins.  Last year I suggested that this essence of syrah had the best nose of any wine I tasted on my late-winter tour.  I'm happy to report that it's at least as impressive--and flamboyant--in the bottle.  A great California syrah in a northern Rhone style.

97 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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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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