93 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012
(76% syrah and 24% mourvedre; 15.9% alcohol): Opaque purple. Deeply pitched aromas of black and blue fruits, cola and black cardamom, with smoke and cracked pepper accents. Sappy, penetrating dark fruit flavors are lifted by tangy acidity, which adds back-end cut. Dusty tannins give shape to the very long, spice-accented finish. Shows excellent vivacity for such a hefty wine.
96 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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