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2009 Dandelion Vineyards Red Queen of the Eden Valley Shiraz Eden Valley
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2011

Inky purple.  Drop-dead sexy aromas of blackberry liqueur, candied cherry, violet and incense, with suave spice notes gaining strength with air.  Seamless and expansive in the mouth, offering sweet dark berry and violet pastille flavors and a pliant, velour-like texture.  Soft tannins arrive late and add shape to the very long, sappy, subtly smoky finish.  The depth of fruit here is impressive.  These vines, which sit at 1,440 meters, were reportedly planted in 1912.

92+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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