2008 D'Alessandro Cortona Syrah

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91 points Stehen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full ruby. Aromatic nose offers scents of red raspberry, violet, incense and pine needles and is more restrained and fresher than that of Il Bosco. On entry, red and black cherry flavors of considerable sweetness are buffered by sound acidity and lifted by a minty topnote. Finishes with noble tannins and a lingering floral note." (Jul/Aug 10) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Cortona Syrah is a ridiculously good wine for the money. Rich dark fruit, violets, leather, licorice and spices swirl around in the glass with a captivating personality. The tannins could use a touch more polish and I suppose this could be more varietally expressive, but the absolute quality of what is in the glass is beyond reproach. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2013. D'Alessandro, one of the historic estates in Tuscany, continues to make important strides under the leadership of consultant Luca Currado."

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 By: AndyG |  Review Date: 10/26/2010 
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A nice, well-rounded syrah that stands a cut above most offerings in this price range. It starts with subtle notes of leather and licorice and finishes with delicate fruit and flowery notes that I struggle to define -- perhaps violets and incense.
Drink from 2010 to 2012

 By: Paul Dodd |  Review Date: 10/19/2010 
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Worst wine I've had in a long time. Dumper.

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- 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.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5