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2002 Behrens Family Syrah Chien Lunatique

  • 95 WA
  • 94 IWC
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SKU: 94623-2002-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    (from the Page Nord Vineyard; includes 7% cabernet sauvignon) Saturated ruby. Flamboyant, rather Cote-Rotie-like aromas of black raspberry, bacon fat, cocoa powder, gunflint and exotic spices. Thick, sweet and creamy; almost confectionery in the mouth, with a lush, high-pH feel. Finishes with broad, sweet tannins and palate-staining persistence. If this goes into bottle with its vibrancy and grip intact, it should merit a score at the high end of my projected range.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2004
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The hyperactive Jack Russell terrier has now been honored with his own justifiably named cuvee. The 2002 Chien Lunatique is a blend of 93% Syrah and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon aged completely in 500 liter oak puncheons. One of the sexiest offerings in B and H's seductive portfolio, it boasts a dense purple color as well as sumptuous aromas of charcoal-infused blackberry and cassis fruit, an unctuous texture, great fat and richness, low acidity, and sweet tannin. Already impossible to resist, it should drink beautifully for 6-8 years. I admire what Les Behrens, Bob Hitchcock, their wives, friends, and lunatic dog are doing at their winery and cellars on the top of Spring Mountain. They are obsessed fanatics who make wine with no compromises ... obviously my kind of people.
    Drink Dates: 2003-2011
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 75

    A 93% Syrah and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon blend that was bottled unfined and unfiltered. On first impression, the wine presents like partially fermented Welch?s Concord Grape Juice. Sadly, this impression is confirmed again and again as I consider the wine more in depth vainly searching for positive characteristics. Virtually zero varietal character. Nebulous sweetness in the nose coupled with heat ? with effort some black pepper can be coaxed out. Frankly sweet on the palate with a hint of espresso. Drying tannin on the finish and acidity is surprisingly high. A plastic cork in a $60 bottle of wine should seem out of place but considering this wine?s quality it is indeed appropriate. A wine built with training wheels already attached.
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Although we started out in solid fashion w/ a sturdy cuvee from Shafer, this idiosyncratic Syrah blend spiced the line-up w/ a controversial array of flavors that literally imploded all over the palate. Not for the faint hearted, this outrageous aromatic display included notions of marzipan, cocoa ganache, marischino cherry liqueur and the essence of pure vanilla extract which oozed from the glass as if it were the topping on a cake (I suggested we dollop some whipped cream on top, treating it like the sundae it was). The mouthfeel pumped out extracted, super-ripe fruit shot out of a 45 magnum in as plush and sweet a texture as anyone could imagine. Having said all that, fans of the El Nido Clio will adore this wine because it does reel all its flavors in a fairly honest package & for all its low acid extraversion, it is a balanced, delicious 'wine product.'
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 70

    Bad bottle. Dark and intense but with chemical/rubber flavors. Makes me wonder if this is from the synthetic cork.
    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 82

    smelled like hard liquor, tasted like cough syrup sweetened with splenda, fruit concentration was awesome but the wine was a mess; after 3 days it was palateble; big disappontment after the great 1st bottle 2 years ago (94)
    Author: MJM
The husband and wife duo of Lisa Drinkward and Les Behrens got their start with their award-winning restaurant, Folie Douce in Arcata, California. When loyal clientele Joe Bob Hitchcock and his wife Lily learned of Les' thoughts of winemaking, the couple decided to put up some capital to join him in his endeavor. The first 175 cases were produced in 1993, and grew to 750 over the next three years. In 1997, the vineyard moved from Arcata to Napa Valley, where Behrens & Hitchcock eventually decided to purchase acreage on Spring Mountain. The team worked hard to produce its first single-vineyard wines during the 1999 harvest. Today the winery is seemingly an overnight success, producing single-lot Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petite Syrah of outstanding quality.

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 190 bottles owned
  • 46 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 80
    (Out of 46 collectors)