International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92($85) Dark ruby-red. Highly complex aromas of roasted black fruits, tar, meat, gunflint and violet. Sweet, fat and silky, with captivating, accessible flavors of dark berries, game, tar and earth. This offers impressive palate presence, and very good floral lift. Finishes with big, broad, sweet tannins and excellent length. A strong vintage for this bottling.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2004
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96The compelling 2001 Syrah (200 cases) includes 4% Viognier in the blend, adding a touch of spunk and exuberance to the already impressive aromatics (blackberry liqueur, flowers, truffles, and a hint of bacon). Full-bodied, with great intensity and purity, this may be the finest Syrah the Araujo team has yet fashioned.Author: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96The compelling 2001 Syrah (200 cases) includes 4% Viognier in the blend, adding a touch of spunk and exuberance to the already impressive aromatics (blackberry liqueur, flowers, truffles, and a hint of bacon). Full-bodied, with great intensity and purity, this may be the finest Syrah the Araujo team has yet fashioned.
Self | Rating: 98A wow wine by any measure. Chimerical in nature ? at one time it reminds me of a an ultra ripe La Mouline while the next it presents like a top line Santa Barbara wine such as one of Sine Qua Non?s superb Syrahs. Opaque with light to moderately pigmented legs. Intensely sweet dark fruit aromas envelop dark toast, some minerals, caramel, chocolate, white flowers (honeysuckle), light vanilla, and blueberry pie. Tons of velvety fruit caress the palate. Admirably long with chocolate and oak nuances in the finish. Tannins and acidity are well integrated with the moderate tannins completely obscured by a wealth of fruit. Syrah (or any wine for that matter) does not get much better than this beauty. Five years in the cellar can only help but I would understand drinking this up right now. Intricate and hedonistic at the same time. After receiving a cold soak and extended maceration, the wine was raised in 50% new French oak for 18 months. 96% Syrah and 4% Viognier.Drink Dates: 2005-2015Author: Daniel B
Self | Rating: 93Excellent. Opened up nicely after an hour. Plenty of life remaining.Author: afikes
Self | Rating:quite elegantAuthor: Peter
Self | Rating: 91Very fine example of syrah. Inky dark, with bold black currant flavors. Somewhat spicy, peppery finish, which has an almost zinfandel quality to it.Author: sikora398
Self | Rating: 96worth the wait, great bottle of syrahAuthor: tiberite
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 234 bottles owned
- 86 collectors
- Average collector rating: 95
(Out of 86 collectors)