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Date Printed: 12/20/2014
Arrowood Saralee's Vineyard Syrah 2002
Arrowood Saralee's Vineyard Syrah 2002
(search item no. 92648)
The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Arrowood considers their Saralee's Vineyard Syrah the "Grande Dame" of their Syrah portfolio. Not only is it the first Syrah Arrowood produced, but it also comes from one of Sonoma County's "Grande Dame" vineyards. Saralee's Vineyard, located in the cool-climate Russian River Valley, has a reputation for producing some of California's finest fruit and with the 2002 Saralee's Vineyard Syrah it's easy to see why. In fact, Robert Parker calls this one of the greatest Syrahs that Arrowood has ever produced.

"The 2002 Syrah Saralee's Vineyard, which includes 3% Viognier in the blend, is one of the greatest Syrahs Arrowood has produced. Dick Arrowood has always been ahead of the educational curve with northern California Syrah, and this is a fabulous effort. Inky/purple-colored, with a glorious perfume of lilacs intermixed with blackberries, melted asphalt, and notions of bacon, smoke, and toast, this rich, opulent, voluptuously-textured Syrah exhibits great ripeness, purity, and richness as well as a layered, multidimensional finish. It should last and evolve for a decade."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Barrel Sample: 93-96 Points

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About Arrowood Vineyards & Winery:

Richard and Alis Arrowood founded Arrowood Winery in 1987 with a philosophy of making wines of singular and exceptional quality, using grapes grown exclusively in Sonoma County. Richard continually explores the diversity of Sonoma County, working with mostly the same grape growers he began cultivating in 1974, as Winemaster at Chateau St. Jean Winery. Arrowood is known for making small lots of benchmark Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlot, Viognier and Syrahs, among other varietals.