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Hawks Butte Syrah

Hawks Butte Syrah Wine Details

Description: The Hawks Butte vineyard is located in the small appellation of Yorkville Highlands. The area is a continuous string of high benches and land troughs bordered by even higher ridges along Highway 128 as you head into the Anderson Valley. Hawks Butte is situated at 1200 feet with a southwest facing slope. The soil composition is primarily fractured shale with sporadic bands of white quartz. The vines have struggled to get a foothold in this extreme environment but are now producing what we feel is an amazingly unique wine. The fruit from this vineyard has produced one of our best syrahs to date. The wine has achieved what we have loved about the great wines of the Northern Rhone-intensity and complexity without being heavy or overbearing. The minerality and pallet weight are also reminiscent of these wines and has really exceeded all our expectations. The wine exudes loads of sweet cassis fruit, licorice, and pink peppercorns with crushed stones and pressed flowers slowly emerging on the nose. Aromas carry to the pallet where the mouth feel is full, structured and dense but held in check by the wine's great minerality and acidity. The tannins are full and ripe with a persistent, rich textured finish.

Varietal Definition
Syrah is the eight hundred pound gorilla of Rhone grapes! In the vineyard and the winery, Syrah is typically an easy grape to work with - healthy, early ripening, resistant to mildew and rot; suitable for winemaking in a variety of styles. The wines from Syrah are tannic without being harsh. The wines will have a taste and smell of dark blue fruit like blackberries and blackcurrant, with a strong spicy side where one can find freshly ground pepper and other spices. Syrah is famous for its part in the French blends, such as Côtes du Rhone and Châteauneuf du Pape.


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