2010: Wine Advocate - 95, Tanzer - 92+, Wine Spectator - 93
2011: Wine Advocate - 94, Tanzer – 91+, Wine Enthusiast - 93
2012: Wine Advocate - 96, Tanzer - 93+, Wine Enthusiast - 95 & Editors' Choice
2013: Wine Advocate - 94, Tanzer - 92, Wine Enthusiast - 92
2014: Wine Advocate - (92-94), Wine Enthusiast - 92 & Editors' Choice
Awards: Wine Enthusiast Top 100 of 2015 - for 2012 vintage & Red Wine of the Year, Seattle Magazine - 2010 vintage
For our taste, no one grows finer Syrah in the state than Dick Boushey. We make this wine with minimal manipulation, using native yeasts and bottling unfined and unfiltered, to allow the “place” to shine through. We named this wine after the Provencal Troubadour Arnaut Daniel, who invented the Sestina poem form, thus creating a connection between our two flagship efforts. We see this wine as a perfect matching of a great vineyard site and grower, with our non-interventionist winemaking style.
2014 Arnaut Winemaker Tasting Note— Seductive and complex aromas of blueberry reduction, crushed rock, cured meat, orange peel, and dried savory herbs. Very intense and nuanced on the palate, intermingling the pure dark fruits of the vintage with the complex meat and mineral notes of the vineyard. A distinct pure cacao element lends great depth to the finish. This is a classic vintage of Arnaut, at least on par with the 2012, and should last 15 years in the cellar.