88 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
Inky ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays blueberry and cherry preserve aromas, along with a smoky nuance and a hint of cracked pepper. Firm and slow to unfold on the palate, eventually offering spicy dark berries and bitter cherry. Chewy tannins add shape and grip to the persistent but slightly hard-edged finish. Give this some air.
This wine stands up to the most subtle French wine I've tasted. I don't believe I've had a Syrah that is this well mannered. Amazing.
I bougtht too few bottles, sad to say.
Top Sonoma Syrah
This is, for sure, one of the very best Syrahs to come out of Sonoma in recent years. This is also a Best Buy and is Delicious right now. Highly Recommended!
among best among reds
very, very good
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A nice surprise
Maybe I shouldn't be surprised anymore. You guys delivered again. Great value. We'll drink this up before winter is over. Thanks.
Rich fruit, but not much complexity or depth. Fun for a night, but not taking her home to meet the family.
Had a sulfurous nasty bouquet and aftertaste right out of the bottle. Improved somewhat after a few hours decanting.
Way too citrus an opening. Never developed into something worth while. Was disappointed.
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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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