(made from fruit grown in the Castelli-Knight Ranch, Griffin's Lair and Alder Springs vineyards; 100% whole clusters and 18 months in oak, 30% of it new): Inky purple. Sexy, highly perfumed scents of red berry compote, cherry-cola and Indian spices, with a hint of white pepper emerging with air. Shows excellent energy and focus, offering vibrant raspberry liqueur and allspice flavors that gain sweetness with air. Soft tannins build on a long, silky finish, which strongly repeats the raspberry note. This wine has a fairly high pH of 3.85 and carries 14.7% alcohol but comes off lively and precise, with no undue weight.
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...
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... Read More »
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