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2009 Booker Vineyard The Alchemist Paso Robles
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

(65% syrah, 15% cabernet sauvignon and 10% each of petit verdot and grenache):  Deep, glass-staining ruby.  A sexy, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes dark berry preserves, cherry-cola, Asian spices and violet.  No way I'd have guessed that syrah was the dominant variety in this lively wine, and I mean that in a positive way.  Lithe and precise, given its size, with pure black raspberry and floral pastille flavors that stain the palate.  A pure and focused blend with seductive finishing florality and superb length.     

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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