90 Points Robert Parker
Charles Melton’s serious reds include his homage to Chateauneuf du Pape, the 2001 Nine Popes, a blend of 61.9% Shiraz, 35.4% Grenache, and 2.7% Mourvedre. Its dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by a sumptuous bouquet of Provencal herbs, pepper, licorice, black currants, and kirsch. This full-bodied yet elegant red offers wonderful purity, loads of character, and a fleshy mouthfeel. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Robert M. Parker, Jr. October, 2004
94 Points James Halliday
Fragrant blackberry, plum and anise; excellent balance and structure, fine tannins and subtle oak. Drink to 2011.
Source: James Halliday. October, 2003