2004 Agharta "Black Label" North Coast Syrah

SKU #1092149 98 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Proprietors Pam and Pax Mahle have fashioned a 2004 Syrah called Agharta. Aged 58 months (that’s not a typo) in French oak casks (the 2005, 2006, and 2007 vintages will spend 45-48 months in cask), the extraordinary 2004 is a 475-case blend of 92% Syrah, 5% Grenache, and the rest Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussane. Most of the Syrah comes from the Alder Springs Vineyard in Mendocino. This profound wine’s inky/purple color is followed by aromas of smoky barbecue meats, grilled Provencal herbs, and exotic tropical fruits intermixed with blackberry, cassis, blueberry, and graphite. This super-rich effort tastes like the nectar of Syrah, yet it is dry, elegant, and remarkably fresh and precise. In the mouth, the impression is like that of a multilayered cake -- everything is there. This is an amazing, very multi-dimensional wine that must be tasted to be believed. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2010)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Aged for a total of 58 months in French oak, the 2004 Agharta Wines is a blend of 92% Syrah, 5% Grenache, 1% Viognier, 1% Marsanne and 1% Roussanne. It offers up a stunning, sweet bouquet of plum and cassis fruits, white flowers, lead pencil, vanilla, roasted meats and graphite. With air (I followed this bottle over three days) the wine picks up a slight gamey character as well as some peach and white wine notes. It’s medium to full bodied on the palate with a soft, lush feel, vibrant acidity, sweet fruit and a long finish that highlights ripe, fine grained tannin. Absolutely delicious now, this should continue to deliver over the next 10 to 12 years. Inner quote mark (5/2010)

92 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark (92% syrah and 5% grenache, with the rest a blend of viognier, marsanne and roussanne aged for 58 months in oak; 15.7% alcohol) Dark ruby. A complex, expansive bouquet displays smoky herbs, dark berry liqueur, red- and blackcurrant, potpourri and an exotic apricot pit quality. Lush, pungent dark fruit and floral pastille flavors are complemented by smoky herbal and floral qualities and framed by supple tannins. Leaves spice and licorice notes behind on the long, sappy finish. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2010)

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