90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
(from the "best barrel lots" of syrah): Bright red-ruby. Dark raspberry, smoked meat, pepper and earth on the nose. Lush on entry, then quite ripe in the middle, but with harmonious acidity giving energy and definition to the flavors of dark berries, musky earth, smoke and dried flowers. Fat and seamless wine, the suavest of the current releases from this producer. Finishes with ripe, chocolatey tannins and more red fruits than black.
90 Points | Wine Spectator
89 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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