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2011 Owen Roe Syrah Ex-Umbris Columbia Valley
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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2013

(mostly Yakima Valley fruit, from  numerous parcels; just 10% new oak):  Deep bluish-purple color.  Sexy perfume combines boysenberry, black raspberry, kirsch, cocoa powder, coffee and violet.  Juicy and light on its feet; more savory than sweet, boasting excellent floral lift to its sharply defined dark berry, spice and licorice flavors.  The loess soils included in this blend yield a fruitier, high-pH style, notes O'Reilly.  This is a lot of wine for the price.

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Syrah

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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