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2009 K Vintners Syrah Morrison Lane Walla Walla Valley
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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012

Good bright ruby-red.  Knockout nose combines black raspberry, mocha, brown spices, licorice, flint and game.  Large-scaled, rich and opulent; a wave of plush fruit washes over the palate.  The very long finish combines a distinctly wild gamey quality with wonderfully refined, building tannins.  From a 1994 planting, which Charles Smith characterizes as "very old for around here."  Plenty of structure here to support mid-term aging.

93 Points | Wine Spectator
94 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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