Halcon 2015 Syrah "Alturas" Yorkville Highlands, Medocino 93 Points


The Story: A British couple settled in the hills of Mendocino where they found  land with schist-like Cote–Rotie soils on a windblown cool mountaintop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which would become their “estate” vineyard.   With the assistance of Justin Smith (Saxum), Crole Meredith  & Steve Lagier (Lagier-Meredith), Mike Officer (Carlisle) and Wells Guthrie (Copain) they set out to plant what has become a much regarded Rhone-varietal vineyard.  Wells helped develop and maintain the vineyard.  Under the tutelage of the great Roar winemaker (Scott Shapley) they have put some very good quality and well-priced wines on the wine map!

The Wine: When you close your eyes while tasting this wine, you’d think you are in the Rhone Valley tasting some amazing Cornas – at a “value price” . The grapes were sourced from the Halcon estate vineyard  at high-elevation.  It is a blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier (co-fermented).  This blend of Chave, Chapoutier and Tablas Creek clones are fermented with native yeasts and aged for 16 months in 20% new French oak and 35% whole cluster and bottled unfined and unfiltered.The wine is loaded with black stone fruit, a touch of bacon-fat, olives, violets and a whiff of minerality.  The wine is full in body, lush with amazing concentration and balance as well as a touch of acidty and silky grained tannins, all intertwined on a bold, but elegant palate.


Robert Parker 93 Points: “ Harvested on the same date as the 2014 (September 19th), the 2015 Syrah Alturas saw a touch of whole cluster fermentation and a tiny amount of new oak. Its deep purple color is followed by a northern Rhone-like bouquet of blackberries, crushed rocks, peppery herbs and violets. This gives way to a medium to full-bodied Syrah that has beautiful purity, good concentration and fine tannin that show on the finish. It will have 10-15 years of overall longevity.”


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  • Vintage: 2015
  • Winery: Halcon