International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94($108) Dark red. Knockout multidimensional nose is at once pungent and refined, offering notes of redcurrant, wild strawberry, woodsmoke, gunflint, molasses and minerals. Wonderfully suave and elegant but also amazingly penetrating and gripping, with sharply etched flavors of redcurrant and minerals and strong, peppery soil tones. This wine clings so stubbornly to the palate that it's literally hard to spit. A young Hermitage of great class and complexity. (Maisons Marques & Domaines, Oakland, CA)Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: January/February 2004
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93A difficult vintage that yielded a lot of fresh, mid-weight wines with bright acidity, the 2001 Hermitage les Bessards has a clean, classic feel in its wood smoke, black fruits, cured meats and dried-herb bouquet. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, with both texture and freshness, it's fully mature but will hold nicely through at least 2025.Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Spectator | Rating: 84Crisp and fruity, with some toasted, grilled meat, blackberry character. A focused red, but lacking in opulent texture, turning a bit tart on the finish. Where is the ripe fruit? 500 cases made.Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17Relatively deep crimson. Single vineyard. Very warm, complete, well integrated nose with some sweetness. A certain dustiness - very savoury and dry tannins on the finish. The palate needs time but the nose is already quite developed. Real meat and sap - almost leathery. Could certainly enjoy this with roast beef but really needs time.13%Author: Jancis Robinson
Syrah is one of the darkest and thickest-skinned varieties, producing wines with intense color, flavors of blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry, and high tannin. Depending on the climate in which it is grown and the winemaking techniques used, Syrah (known as Shiraz in ) can come in a wide range of styles. Regardless of style, use of heavy oak is common and the highest quality wines are suitable for long-term ageing.
The best Old-World Syrah comes from the , where the variety is at its coolest limit for growth. Sites with south-facing slopes are exposed to more sun and produce the highest quality wines with medium body and flavors of berry, hints of pepper and mint, and notes of olive, bacon, meat, and leather with age. and are the most famous of these sites, and producers such as , , and make some of the world’s best wines from Syrah.
In the New World, Australia is the most famous region for high-quality wines from Shiraz. The warm climates of and produce full-bodied, intensely fruity wines displaying notes of earth and spice and developing leather with age. A leaner, more peppery style is made in cooler regions with the best examples coming from . Australian producers such as , , and have garnered international recognition for making world-class wines from Shiraz.
One cannot talk about New-World Syrah without recognizing the work of producers, most notably , , and , who have also gained international recognition for the quality of their wines from Syrah.
The delicate flavors of cooler climate Syrah from the Northern Rhône and make it an ideal pairing for dishes like lamb or eggplant. The bold flavors of warmer climate Shiraz from Australia pair well with barbeque pork and chicken, short ribs, and steak.
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