91 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2012
Vivid ruby-red. Intense, textbook syrah aromas of cassis, blackberry, cracked pepper, olive and violet. Intensely flavored and dense but surprisingly energetic, offering sharply delineated flavors of black and blue fruits, licorice and minerals. Finishes spicy and long, with fine-grained tannins and impressive clarity. (JR)
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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