2010 Halcon Syrah
This wine, made with 80% whole clusters and no new oak, is a textbook study
in minerality with bracingly fresh blue and red fruits. Bright blueberry, fresh
raspberry, wet stone and white pepper make for a beautiful palate. Even more
impressive than the flavors, are the energy and focus of this wine. This is one
of the most pure and balanced Syrahs that Wells has ever crafted.
At 2,500 feet above the valley floor in the Yorkville Highlands, this is the highest
elevation vineyard in the Copain portfolio. The vines are planted directly into
exposed schist, which is so thick that very little topsoil is evident in the vine rows.
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.