Biased review. This wine is now starting to be approachable. Pop and pour, it is still young but in my biased opinion, showing well. Of course, part of this is because having made the wine, it was made in a style I love. Most of the fruit is from the Halcon Vineyard. This is a cooler climate Syrah. Inky purple in color. The nose has boysenberries, slight bacon fact, leather and roasted meats. A nice of gravel as well. On the palate, I love the texture. Not a monster, but juicy fruit without being over blown. Medium tannins. Great acidity. This will work with roasted dishes, cas
Halcon makes some great cooler climate Syrah's at very fair pricing. Definitely check them out. They do take some time to mature and this one was just starting to hit its stride though it was better on Day 2. If drinking the 2012 now, give it a few hours of air. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, slight black pepper, a hint of bacon fat, and slight earthy notes. On the palate, this is lean and mean as opposed to being a fruit bomb. Yet, there is persistent black raspberry fruit with a nice underlying char. It is deep but will need time to show more layering. That said
WARNING-Biased Review. This is tighter than most 2012's but starting to open up a bit. Still, a decant for a couple of hours is not a bad idea. Purple in color with ruby swirls. The nose has boysenberries, black olives, white pepper and charred wood. On the palate, this is lean but puts on weight in the glass. Deep boysenberry fruit with underlying char. Food friendly with heartier and spicy food. Good finish. This is nearing peak but easily has a decade plus to go.
This continues to develop and open. It is finally at a point where it can be opened without too much air. This bottle was pop and pour and enjoyed over several hours. A lovely cooler climate Syrah. Purple in color. The nose has roasted meats, black raspberries and black olives. On the palate, this opens in the glass with a nice complexity. Medium tannins. Nice boysenberry fruit with undertones of roasted meats and earthiness. Good finish. Works with heartier and spicy foods quite well. Nice finish. Should be good to go for the next seven to ten years.
Halcon is making great wines just north of Napa in the Yorkville Highlands. The wines are stunning values and everyone should sign up for their mailing list and e-mails. This is a cooler climate Syrah and 2011 was even a bit cooler than typical. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, slight bacon fat, grilled herbs and a floral note. There is concentrated fruit but this is more about the minerality. Complex, this is not yet at peak but getting close. On the palate, this is medium bodied with some tannins. Black raspberry fruit. Sinewy texture. Great acidity. Nice finish