2010 Hawks Butte Syrah
“The 2010 Syrah Hawks Butte presents the sleek, silky side of Syrah. Dark red
cherries, flowers and mint are woven together beautifully... The elegant, polished
finish speaks eloquently to the femininity and grace that Syrah is capable of
expressing. This is all class.” - Wine Advocate, Feb. 2012 (92 points)
Perched on slopes 1,400 feet above the valley floor in the Yorkville Highlands,
this Syrah vineyard is located just shy of the southeastern end of Anderson
Valley. Cool nighttime temperatures and rocky soils, reminiscent of the northern
Rhone Valley, render a truly site-specific wine bearing pronounced aromatics,
blackberries and hints of spice.
2010 began with a delayed bud break, followed by an unseasonably chilly
vintage which facilitated slow ripening of the fruit. Despite a weeklong heat spike,
our vineyards escaped damage due to our canopy management practice of
limited leaf removal. Harvest began in late September, and in certain vineyards,
continued until early November. Our 2010 wines show pretty aromatics, supple
tannins and sound acidity.