Arrowood "Saralee's Vyd" Syrah 1999
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 02
Bright full ruby-red. Black fruits, cracked pepper, roasted meat, spices and jasmine on the nose. Juicy, minerally and youthfully tart-edged; tougher and more angular than the Sonoma Valley bottling, and currently dominated by its strong tannic structure. Not nearly as silky or sweet as it appeared a year ago from barrel; perhaps it has not yet recovered from the bottling. 87(+?) points
Wine Advocate #142 (Aug 2002) Robert Parker 90 points Drink 2003-2015 $60.00
The 1999 Syrah Saralee's Vineyard has been co-fermented with 5% Viognier. Its explosive aromatic profile offers up scents of smoke, charcoal, cassis liqueur, and honeysuckle. The wine is deep and plump with low acidity and abundant tannin in the firmly structured finish. This serious Syrah will be even better with another 1-2 years of cellaring. It will age nicely for 10-12 years.