($100) Deep ruby to the rim. Ultraconcentrated spicy aromas of cassis, plum, raspberry and redcurrant, with musky, spirity, gamey undertones of animal hide and asphalt. Powerful and velvety; a particularly vibrant expression of extremely ripe shiraz. Distinctly warm and spirity, yet still exudes brightness and vitality. Seductively smooth and seamless, dripping with flavors of ripe crushed raspberry, blackberry and tarry red plum, and handsomely coated in spicy oak tones of vanilla and chocolate. (Negociants U.S.A., Napa, CA)
Author: Jeremy Oliver
Issue: July/August 2002
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93
Rich, dense and seductive for its layers and layers of fruit, packing in the ripe cherry, plum, berry and spice flavors, all tightly wound and waiting for more to come with cellaring.
Author: Harvey Steiman
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
The well-endowed, opaque purple-colored 1999 Shiraz The Armagh exhibits an intense bouquet of melted licorice, cassis, vanilla, blackberry ice cream, and smoky oak. In the mouth, it is full-bodied, opulent, rich, and tasty, with sweet tannin, adequate acidity, and a long, layered finish.