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2009 Austin Hope Syrah Hope Family Vineyard Paso Robles
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90(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

Inky purple.  An explosively perfumed bouquet displays black and blue fruits, incense and smoky vanillin oak.  Lush and expansive, with palate-staining blackcurrant and blueberry flavors lifted by tangy acidity.  Fine-grained tannins gain power with air and add grip to the long, smoky, spice-accented finish.  This is really young still.

91 Points | Wine Spectator
91 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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