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2009 Charles Smith 'Royal City' Syrah, Washington, USA

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Price Range of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD
Average: $151   From: $134   To: $170

Search Rank 2633 What is search rank?
Over all vintages, this was the 2633rd most popular wine on Wine-Searcher last year. Search rank last month: 2680th

Score: 96.
The Wine-Searcher score of 96/100 is calculated from the following wine critic scores:
Critic Score
98/100  
97/100  
94/100 (14 notes from 12 users )  
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Price History for 2009 Charles Smith 'Royal City' Syrah, Washington, USA
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Grape Variety: Syrah

Syrah is a dark-skinned red wine grape. Its origins have been popularly debated, but its modern viticultural home is unquestionably the northern Rhone Valley of eastern France. In Australia, Syrah is overwhelmingly (but not exclusively) known as Shiraz, and is regarded as the country’s national grape.

One of the world's most diverse and successful grape varieties, Syrah wines can display myriad dark-fruit flavors. Varietal Syrah can be quite floral in its youth, developing more peppery and herbaceous notes as it ages. Some examples show tanned leather and smoky scents, while the fruit in these wines tends towards the very dark flavors of blackcurrant and licorice.

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Region Hierarchy
  • Washington wine region

    Washington state is located in the Pacific Northwest of the USA, immediately north of Oregon. Although its wine history is relatively short, it now produces more wine than any other US state, other than California. Almost all wine production occurs in Washington's hot, desert-like eastern part, although there is some grape growing and one AVA (Puget Sound) in the cooler, wetter west.

    The Cascade mountain range defines the geography of the region by acting as a barrier between the two parts. The mountains create a rain shadow, effectively blocking most precipitation. This means that the Columbia River Basin in the east only receives about eight inches (200mm) of rain per year, resulting in a ... more

  • USA wine region

    The United States is the world's fourth-biggest wine-producing nation (behind France, Italy and Spain) and produces roughly 18.5 million hectoliters each year – about 15 percent more than the next largest producer, ... more

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