92 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012
Opaque ruby. Powerful smoke- and spice-accented aromas of black and blue fruits and licorice, with a pipe tobacco note emerging in the glass. Dense and sappy, offering powerful dark fruit compote flavors and an energizing spicy nuance. Supple tannins come up with air and add shape to the sweet, persistent finish.
90 Points | Wine Spectator
92 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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