91 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2012
Youthful purple color. The nose displays intense, spice-accented aromas of blueberry, cherry and violet, with a spicy overtone. Palate-staining black and blue fruit flavors show impressive clarity and intensity, with a sexy floral pastille quality gaining power with air. Fine-grained tannins add shape to the very long, smoky, floral finish.
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Virtually every wine region in Chile benefits from proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the cooling Humboldt Current that flows up from the South Pole. Although Chile extends more than 2,000 miles from north to south, its grape-growing regions are clustered in the center of the country, where rainfall is concentrated during the winter months, and where an absence of fungal diseases makes for relatively carefree grape-farming.
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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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