2011 - Library Wines
This year followed right in 2010's footsteps with moderate being the word for each season. The days in spring were hazy, with cloud cover on most days. The vines were happy to get some sunlight mid-summer, which proved to be long and temperate as well. Garey Ranch Pinot came in on September 15th, 9 days earlier than last year. The Viognier block that I worked with in 2010 was ripped out in spring. It was no longer commercially viable to farm. I was happy to be able to work with another block on Bien Nacido for my white program, Pinot blanc. I harvested it on September 20th, pressed it and put it in barrel. The Pinot noir was pressed and in barrel before the Syrah was ready. We got a few rain storms in the beginning of October again this year. White Hawk Syrah came in a few days later than last year on October 25th.
White Hawk Vineyard
Floral, black pepper and mineral notes. Inky notes with red plums, dark berries, lush tannins and a toasty and smoky finish.
Production- 41 cases
Retail- $55 Limited Availability
|3.80||5.49 gm/L||0.01 gm/L||13.9%|
Wine Advocate #214 - August 2014
90 pts "Also outstanding, the 2011 Syrah White Hawk Vineyard is another sexy, hedonistically styled effort. Blackberry, blueberry, smoked bacon, licorice and toast all show here, and this is a classy California fruit bomb to enjoy over the coming 3-5 years." - Jeb Dunnuck
International Wine Challenge - November 2013
90 pts "Inky purple. Textbook Syrah on the nose, displaying scents of candied dark berries, beef jerky, olive tapenade, violet and black pepper. Rich and expansive, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors and hints of smoked meat and peppery spices. Dusty tannins give grip to the finish, which clings with very good tenacity and smokiness." - Josh Raynolds