92 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012
(80% syrah, 10% cabernet sauvignon and 10% petit verdot): Bright violet color. Sexy, perfumed bouquet evokes black and blue fruits, incense and violet, with a floral overtone. Weighty yet lively, offering sweet dark berry flavors and strong candied violet and clove qualities. Impressively fresh and focused wine, with slow-building tannins and a lingering note of candied blueberry.
93 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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