2001 Martinelli "Hop Barn Hill" Russian River Valley Syrah

SKU #1133345 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2001 Syrah Hop Barn Hill comes across as shy when compared to its 2002 counterpart. However, its inky/purple color is accompanied by intense aromas of blackberry liqueur, pepper, acacia flowers, and minerals. Dense, opulent, and full-bodied, with high tannin well-concealed by a wealth of glycerin and fruit, this full-throttle Syrah can hold its own with some of the monsters that emerge from South Australia. It should drink well for 10-12 years ... at a minimum.  (12/2003)

95 points Wine Spectator

 A fabulous wine--sleek, dark and seductive; ripe, rich and juicy, with a delicious core of enticing flavors built around rich plum, blackberry, wild berry and hints of mocha and spice. Finishes with a broad, supple core of integrated flavors.  (2/2004)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (the fruit was completely destemmed but not crushed) Saturated, opaque purple-ruby. Peppery, rather cool but highly aromatic nose of blackberry, violet, maple syrup, venison and menthol; like a cross between syrah and zinfandel. Juicy and very penetrating, with intense flavors of crushed blackberry, violet, pepper and spices. (This manages to hide its high alcohol much like the old Williams & Selyem versions of Martinelli zinfandel did.) A major step up from the distinctly hard-edged 2000: this has lovely mouth feel and terrific palate-coating length, with very fine tannins. 91(+?)  (6/2003)

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