90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
Dark purple. Smoky, deeply pitched aromas of blackberry and cassis, with hints of beef jerky and licorice. Serious and a bit brooding, with slow-to-open dark berry and bitter cherry flavors and a velvety texture. Gains energy and spiciness with air and finishes with lively mineral snap and a lingering note of candied violet. For a richly flavored wine this shows a surprisingly light touch.
87 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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