88 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2012
(85% syrah and 15% garnacha, aged for 10 months in large French oak): Opaque ruby. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, smoked meat, black pepper and licorice. Concentrated, sweet and dense, with bright acidity adding lift and cut to the smoky, vaguely gamy finish, which features notes of bitter cherry and smoke.
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Spain has more acres under vine than any other country and ranks third in production behind Italy and France. Much of this output continues to be hot-country jug wine made to satisfy the everyday thirsts of the domestic and greater European markets
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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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