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
I’d been holding on to a 2011 Halcón Alturas Syrah while waiting to find a time to meet up with Paul Gordon, the owner, and when I was able to find a 2012, I decided to do a post on the different vintages. Paul and I met up and I was also able to taste … Continue reading Three Vintages of Halcón Alturas Syrah: Highly Recommended Cool-climate CA Syrah
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
This is now the fourth Syrah I’ve had from Yorkville Highlands and I’m beginning to develop a sense of what that region is capable of. The Yorkville Syrahs I’ve had are a tad richer and a tad bigger than the extreme cool-climate Syrahs I’ve tasted. It’s fun to taste a series of wines from a … Continue reading 2009 Halcón Alturas Yorkville Highlands ABV 13.7% $25
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
If you had told me in 2012 when I started this little blog that there might come an evening years later when I’d be invited as press to a dinner and seated between celebrated Syrah winemakers Pax Mahle and Adam Tolmach, I would have told you you were crazy. But so it was on May … Continue reading Blind tasting Californian and French Syrah dinner
The Piedrasassi Syrah is one of my favorite Syrahs, a surprising wine because it’s so cool-climate yet made in Central California which in recent history has been a hot bed of HOT wines. This is a great example of how the Central Coast really can be as cool climate as it says it is. … Continue reading The five best California Syrahs I had in 2013.