TN: 2001 Edmunds St. John Syrah Wylie-Fenaughty

  • 2001 Edmunds St. John Syrah Wylie-Fenaughty - USA, California, Sierra Foothills, El Dorado County (5/13/2010)
    Decanted two hours. Young looking medium color. Aromatically this has it all–smoke, herbs, high-toned spice, leather and earth. Softly textured sweet red fruit greets the tongue. Full bodied and fully mature, this would be hard to pick out as “New World”. Just as I was about to declare this “drink now” it got a second wind, put on some weight, and fleshed out a bit. Decant at least 3-4 hours. Drink up over the next few years. 91 points. Now - 2013. (91 pts.)

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Thanks for checking in on this. I think this is a 10 - 20 year wine. Other recent notes still show the heavy olive influence, which, for my taste with a couple more years rest, will recede hopefully just a bit. Then it’ll be Syrah nirvana.

A year and a half ago, I was served the remaining half of a bottle of this that had been opened the day before. It still took time to open in the glass. It was really stellar, but the experience persuaded me to stash mine away for some time to come.

Thanks for checking in on this for us!

Great wine, great winery, great winemaker. If you have the '00 WF, it’s in a great place with many yrs of longevity. These are easily 15 yr wines and some of the Syrahs will go 20 and beyond.

I have great respect for Steve and his wines. But I have/had a case of this wine…I forget what year by now, that was totally flawed/contaminated. Actually, I contacted Steve, and this was at least 6 years ago, probably more, and he told me to contact the distributor (Skurnick???) and be made whole. Being lazy, I never did follow through. It was not Steve Edmunds’ fault, but it made me shy away from most of his wines…I wish I hadn’t. Every wine I taste is exciting in some way.

Thanks for the note, love the wine but never had the '01.