Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz 2000
Monster stuff-thick, black and oozy-yet with high-toned red fruit and mint scents that match the intensity of the smoke and toast of new oak. Maple syrup, black olive and blackberry flavors pick up hints of pepper, particularly on the finish.
Big, ripe and powerful, but ultimately seductive, offering velvety texture and rich plum, cherry, pepper and sweet leather flavors that echo beautifully as the finish sails on and on.
The 2000 Shiraz The Armagh, produced from a 34-year old vineyard, is one of the vintage's better efforts. Offering notes of melted chocolate, licorice, blackberries, and black currants, it is full-bodied and ripe, with low acidity as well as tremendous opulence, palate presence, and purity.