2014 Halcon Vineyards Yorkville Highlands Syrah 94 pts. $27

Heading up to the hilltop vineyard at Halcon, one can’t help but think, “How would it have occurred to anyone to plant way up here?” The dirt road winds and then winds again but, eventually, the vineyard appears on the horizon and you know you’re almost there. The view west from the vineyard edge. Paul … Continue reading 2014 Halcon Vineyards Yorkville Highlands Syrah 94 pts. $27

2010 Yorkville Highlands Halcon Vineyard Syrah Showdown

For this entry, I’ll compare two wines that are from the same vintage and same vineyard but made by different producers – the 2010 Copain Halcon and the 2010 Halcón Alturas.  It’s an interesting exercise because there are so many wineries that claim that their wines are just an expression of the raw material they … Continue reading 2010 Yorkville Highlands Halcon Vineyard Syrah Showdown

Two bright and juicy syrahs for warm weather and two dark and brooding ones to warm you on a winter’s day

The Syrah lineup from Waxwing (not pictured 2014 Flocchinni vineyard) 2014 Santa Cruz Mountains Lester Family Vineyard Syrah The Lester Family Syrah has that earthy-green peppercorn-savory aroma that I’ve come to expect from the vineyard, but also an umami element that is different this vintage that I like quite a bit. On the palate the … Continue reading Two bright and juicy syrahs for warm weather and two dark and brooding ones to warm you on a winter’s day