#62 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012
Opulent, rich purple. Very spicy; notes of black and white pepper mingle with leather, clove and ripe black fruit supported by oak. Full-bodied, harmonious and expressive. Mellow tannins and a structured mid-palate. Intense fruit leading to a long finish.
"This dark, ripe red delivers jammy layered flavors of plum paste, fig and kirsch. Full-bodied, with well-embedded acidity and fine tannins, joined by hints of spice box, flint and olive on the long, driving finish."
"The 2009 Antu Ninquen Syrah (100%) spent 15 months in 50% new French and American oak. Cedar, Asian spices, smoked meat, game, and blueberry compose the bouquet of this round, succulent, easy-going Syrah. It is an outstanding value meant for drinking over the next 5-6 years. "
The Wine Advocate