($45; 70% syrah with 15% each cabernet sauvignon and grenache) Bright, saturated ruby-red. Expressive aromas of blackberry, violet, tar, roasted game and gunflint. Dense, concentrated and creamy-sweet, with dark berry and game flavors along with oaky torrefaction notes of bitter chocolate and tar. Offers a rather fine-grained texture and sound acidity, and finishes with fine tannins and lingering notes of licorice and tar. Very good for the appellation. (De Maison Selections, Chapel Hill, NC)
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: September/October 2004
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
The 2001 El Bugader is one of the finest Syrah-based offerings I have tasted from Spain. An 8,000-bottle blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 18 months in new French oak, it possesses an inky/black/purple color in addition to a sumptuous perfume of spring flowers, creme de cassis, and blackberries. Heady and intense, with low acidity as well as a fleshy, full-bodied, powerful mouthfeel, it should be enjoyed during its first 7-8 years of life. Impressive!
Drink Dates: 2004-2012
Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
This intense red shows an inky black color, with clean, focused flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, black pepper and coffee. The tannins are muscular but well-integrated, the wine heady but not hot. Tight now; give it time to develop. Better than previously reviewed. 800 cases made.