90 Points | International Wine Cellar , October 2009
Bright ruby. Cherry and dark berry preserves on the nose, with
complicating notes of licorice
and olive tapenade. Lively, taut cherry and blackberry flavors stain
palate, showing very good clarity and zesty minerality that builds with
air. Finishes with strong cut and lingering sweetness. This is an
outstanding syrah value. (JR)
91 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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