(From 2009 Vintage) Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 St Henri Shiraz is slated for release on May 1, 2013. It is a little closed at the moment though reveals earthy aromas of warm berries, some mulberries and Chinese dried plums over notes of meat, black olive, coffee and tree bark. Richly concentrated and complex with layered, savory flavors, it is structured by firm, grainy tannins and is finishing long.
Wine Spectator"Remarkably supple and seamless, holding back on its beautiful, ripe blackberry, cherry, leather and pepper flavors until they come through almost as a second wave, swamping the finish and begging for another sip. A different flavor seems to emerge first with each sip. This is made with no new oak, and the fruit character is intoxicating in a wine of such refinement. Drink now through 2020. 17,000 cases made."
Wine AdvocateRating: 87/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 148 on Aug-03
Wine EnthusiastRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast