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2017 Hawks Butte

Syrah
Yorkville Highlands
$50.00
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750 ml

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  • About This Wine
  • Vintage Notes
  • Vineyard Notes
  • Wine Profile
  • Technical Details

Delicate and structure with a broad, soft palate and light body, this wine intrigues with layers of exotic spice.

Vintage Notes: 

The 2017 vintage began with significant rainfall prior to bloom, refilling the state’s reservoirs and ending California’s five-year drought. We saw a sudden spike in temperatures just prior to harvest, leading fruit to ripen quicker than anticipated. This sped up our harvest schedule, but due to our team’s vigilance, the fruit was still able to be picked at optimal ripeness. Temperatures then cooled back down by mid-September, allowing the remaining vineyards to complete ripening at an ideal pace. The rest of harvest was finished as planned, with yields coming in at their typical levels.

Vineyard Notes: 

Perched on slopes 1,500 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.

Wine Profile: 

Aromas: Dried blackberry, figs, ground cumin, crushed peppercorns, dried bay leaf

Palate: Full bodied on the palate. Boysenberry, elderberries, cigar box

Vintage Notes: 

The 2017 vintage began with significant rainfall prior to bloom, refilling the state’s reservoirs and ending California’s five-year drought. We saw a sudden spike in temperatures just prior to harvest, leading fruit to ripen quicker than anticipated. This sped up our harvest schedule, but due to our team’s vigilance, the fruit was still able to be picked at optimal ripeness. Temperatures then cooled back down by mid-September, allowing the remaining vineyards to complete ripening at an ideal pace. The rest of harvest was finished as planned, with yields coming in at their typical levels.

Vineyard Notes: 

Perched on slopes 1,500 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.

Wine Profile: 

Aromas: Dried blackberry, figs, ground cumin, crushed peppercorns, dried bay leaf

Palate: Full bodied on the palate. Boysenberry, elderberries, cigar box

Wine Specs
Vintage: 
2017
Vineyard Designation: 
Hawks Butte vineyard
Fermentation/Barrel Aging: 
100% stainless steel fermented; 25% whole cluster fermented; 14 months; 100% neutral French oak
Alcohol: 
14.1%

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