92 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2012
(made from fruit grown in the Nellessen, Armagh and Majik vineyards; 100% whole-cluster fermented and 12.6% alcohol, with a pH of 3.76): Opaque purple. Explosively perfumed bouquet of red and dark berry preserves, potpourri and Indian spices, with a smoky undertone. Supple, gently sweet dark berry flavors provide impressive palate coverage and gain spiciness with air. Plenty of energy on the sweet, spicy finish.
89 Points | Wine Spectator
91+ 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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