2013 Hawks Butte Syrah 1.5L
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 Rhône Valley, render a truly site-specific wine bearing
pronounced aromatics, blackberries and hints of spice.
The 2012 vintage was a welcome relief following the challenges of 2010
and 2011. A wet winter was balanced by a moderate, slightly dry spring,
with bud break and veraison occurring several weeks later than usual.
Bestowing optimal conditions for slow, even ripening, a long Indian summer
extended into early October. Harvest commenced approximately two
weeks later than previous years, and was
condensed into a few short weeks.
Profoundly aromatic with copious red apple, rose petal and California bay,
the Hawks Butte Syrah offers a harmonious blend of juicy black currant,
candied cherry and orange blossom. Whole cluster fermentation allows the
wine to obtain structure from stem tannin instead of oak, resulting in a lively,
broad expressive wine with a soft, velvet texture.