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2011 Domaine Michel and Stephane Ogier Syrah La Rosine Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January 2014

Brilliant ruby.  Exotic, high-toned aromas of blackberry liqueur, apricot, pungent flowers and white pepper.  Silky and seamless in texture, offering gently sweet, smoke-tinged red and dark berry flavors and a strong suggestion of spicecake.  Shows no obvious tannins on the impressively persistent finish, which repeats the blackberry and spice notes.  Stephane Ogier says that while he suspects that this wine will age positively for five to eight years, "it's to drink, really, while you wait for the Cote-Rotie to mature."

89 Points | Wine Spectator
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Along with Bordeaux and Burgundy, Rhone Valley wines are some of the world's greatest red wines. But keep in mind that the Rhone Valley is really two distinct regions. The Northern Rhone produces powerful, aromatically complex ...
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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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