2000 Jade Mountain Paras Vineyard "Block P10" Syrah (Previously $75)

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93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Still plenty of grippy tannins in this wine, which has some Grenache and Viognier. But the astringency doesn't mask the huge flavors of black cherries and sweet oak. Displays pure mountain character of intensity and power. Drink now through 2010." (05/05). 90 points Robert Parker: "The outstanding 2000 Syrah Paras Vineyard Block P-10 may not be a great value, but it is a beautiful effort offering notes of blackberry liqueur, acacia flowers, forest floor, truffles, and espresso. It possesses good sweetness and richness as well as a broad texture, but it reveals a touch too much oak that still needs to be resolved. This attractive, complex Syrah should drink well for 6-8 years." (08/04) Reminiscent of a Côte Rôtie, this wine has a seductive nose of blueberry liqueur, baker's chocolate and spicy notes with a palate that combines dark fruits, minced meat, subtle touches of volcanic rock, Asian spice and hints of oak. The finish is long and supple with the wine gaining additional complexity as the bold flavors present on the front palate begin to recede. This wine has greatly benefited from the nine years of bottle age and is drinking wonderfully right now. (Alex Pross, K&L Wine Club Director)

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.

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Alcohol Content (%): 14.9