(13.9% alcohol; vinified with 30% whole clusters): Medium ruby-red. Aromas of blueberry, violet, pepper and exotic spices. Juicier and more gripping than the regular RRV bottling, but also showing more spicy oak influence. Savory more than particularly rich, finishing with serious tannins. Doesn't display this bottling's typical depth or sweetness but it's very well made.
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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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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