2004 DuMol "Jack Roberts Run" Russian River Valley Syrah
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The terrific, dense purple-colored 2004 Syrah Jack Robert’s Run is a 200-case cuvee that spent 18 months in French oak. Notes of melted tar, roasted peppers, meat juices, blackberries, and cassis emerge from this full-bodied, rich, flavor-filled, intense effort. Enjoy it over the next 10 years. (RP)
A real mouthful of Syrah. Ripe, rich and plush, with dense layers of pepper, wild berry, sage and mineral flavors that are powerful, yet unfold gracefully on the palate. Rich, ripe tannins hold on the finish. (JL)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Wild aromas of blackberry, meat, smoke and flint. Dense, large-scaled and chewy, with a lush texture to the flavors of black raspberry, tar and chewy oak. Considerably deeper than the basic bottling, but here the peppery quality simply serves as a condiment. A seriously structured wine that finishes chewy and firmly tannic, in need of at least two or three years of patience. (ST)
No less expressive than its cellarmate above, this one shows its ripeness in a more obvious, almost heavy manner but is kept on the varietal track by its overarching richness, complex notes of smoke and chocolate and an attractive hint of dried violets. It is full and plush in mouthfeel and lets both coarse and hot aspects come through at the finish, but service with savory beef roasts should bring out its best.