88 Points | International Wine Cellar , January 2012
(100% syrah): Dark purple. Aromas of blackberry, cherry and licorice, with a peppery topnote: very syrah. Juicy and focused, offering spicy dark berry flavors and a touch of bitter herbs. Finishes tangy and tight, with lingering smoke and camphor qualities.
About the Cotes du Rhone
The entire Rhone Valley is frequently referred to as the Cotes du Rhone, but this is also the name of the generic appellation that covers more than 100 communes in the region north of Avignon. The primary varieties cultivated here are Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan. Wines simply labeled Cotes du Rhone may rank at the bottom of the hierarchy...
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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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