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International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102
Bright full ruby. Wild aromas of blackberry, black licorice and dark chocolate; faint medicinal and roasted elements. Very dense, sappy and sweet, but quite youthfully restrained, thanks to the wine's strong mineral component and nearly medicinal black cherry syrup flavor. Very deep and very long but holding back more than it's showing. As with the 2000, the tannins are fine. "This is like a normal Chave, while the 2000 version is more like a full-blown Cote-Rotie," notes Kongsgaard.
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Author: Robert Parker
The 1999 Syrah Hudson Vineyard is even better out of bottle than it was from cask. Its opaque black/blue/purple color is followed by an extraordinary perfume of barbecue spices intermixed with creosote, violets, blackberry and creme de cassis liqueur, explosive, full-bodied flavors of cassis, and an amazingly thick, juicy yet vibrant and well-defined personality. There is plenty of tannin, but the wealth of fruit and intensity is mind-boggling.
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