93 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2011
(64% syrah and 36% mourvedre; 16% alcohol): Opaque purple. Intense, floral-accented aromas of dark berry preserves, Indian spices and cola, with a suave touch of vanilla gaining power with air. Lush and expansive but surprisingly energetic, offering pliant blackberry and boysenberry flavors with no rough edges, The floral quality dominates the very long, sappy, spicy finish. Definitely a big boy but very nicely balanced.
91 Points | Wine Spectator
93 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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