The enormously endowed, ostentatious, yet captivating 2002 Shiraz 9 is a sexy effort. There are 1,500 cases of this blockbuster. Its inky plum/purple color is followed by sumptuous aromas of creme de cassis, blackberry liqueur, smoked meats, and toasty American oak (from aging in 100% new American barrels). Opulent, viscous, and thick, this succulent Shiraz is meant to offer immediate appeal. It should last for 7-8 years, becoming more civilized and measured with additional age.
Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 91
Ultraripe and concentrated, densely packed with black cherry, dried currant, eucalyptus and cedar flavors that crowd the finish with so much intensity that it needs time to sort them all out. 2,600 cases made.
Purple hued opaque shiraz. Big bold and gamey. Not as bright and fruit forward as the '05 but the age mellowed it a bit. Sweet oak and tannin are abundant.
Anonymous | Rating: 93
Took a while to open up and settle down but then was nice and smooth with loads of vanilla and oak. Bunch of sediments towards the end. Vertically tasted with the 2003 Shiraz 9 and this one was the fave.