93 Points | International Wine Cellar , July/August 2012
Glass-staining purple. Black raspberry, cassis, mocha
and Indian spices. Concentrated and expansive, offering intense dark fruit flavors and a hint of candied violet. Shows an impressive marriage of power and finesse, with no rough edges. Lively, fresh and very persistent on the finish, with silky tannins providing shape and grip.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
It took awhile
by Ted Booth
I've had this around for nearly two years. My first taste a few weeks after arrival was underwhelming. A nice wine but nothing special. Tried it again about a year ago with much the same result. But last week this wine finally lived up to its billing as a big, sappy, tasty winner from a great winemaker. It's not Grange but is certainly a top level shiraz, in my opinion.
Smooth, supple and seductive
12/13 - Cellared for a year and hope to hold the rest for at least two more! Seductive nose of crushed violets and black olive. Firm, full body with notes of black cherry, pepper, and black olive. Nicely balanced with velvety tannins leading to a smooth finish. The finish is distinguished and unique containing notes of wet stone and minerality. A lovely shiraz with structure to last 5 years or longer in the cellar.
My first Shiraz --tasted with an aerator
First taste seemed strong and tart. But finished fruity and smooth. I have no comparison experience with Shiraz, but we liked it.
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Not a bad wine at all, nothing special about it either.
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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