94 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2012
(made with one-third whole clusters): Opaque ruby. Heady, complex aromas of candied dark berries, incense and violet, with an intensely spicy topnote and a touch of cracked pepper. Juicy, gently chewy, deeply pitched blackberry and bitter cherry flavors stain the palate. At once dense and lively, finishing with superb clarity, thrust and lingering floral and spicecake nuances. (JR)
90 Points | Wine Spectator
95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...
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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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