2009 White Hawk Syrah
Santa Barbara County
The White Hawk Vineyard typically produces small berries giving us a good skin-to-pulp ratio aiding in the color extraction in the wine which is exhibited in the wines dark color. Bright blue fruit explodes up-front on the palate with lingering white pepper spice that White Hawk Syrah is so known for. Dark fruit dominates the finsih with a hint of herbal notes providing structure under the dark velvet layer of fruit. This is a powerful wine which needs to be cellared for 1-2 years and can be enjoyed for up to 10 more years.
97% Syrah, White Hawk Vineyard
15% Whole Cluster
Indigenous Yeast Fermentation
Aged 18 months in French Oak Barrels, 33% New
Accolades & Awards
Top Rhone Wine in America - Rhone Shootout
"More black fruit driven and with a richer profile than the Las Madres, the 2009 White Hawk Vineyard (co-fermented with 3% Viognier) offers up herb-laced black fruits, lavender, smoked meat, and ground pepper. Mouth filling and rich, with a supple, polished texture, no hard edges, and ripe, polished tannin, it?s a knockout effort that will thrill for just under a decade."
92 points - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate & The Rhône Report
"Aromatics of blueberry and cherry mingle with suggestions of bacon, spice, and earth on the nose. A sip delivers flavors of blueberry and boysenberry with accents of game, pepper, and minerals. A robust, hearty wine, fans of bolder reds will enjoy this bottle very much."
92 points - Food & Beverage World
"Aromas of blackberry and garrique (wild flowers, sage, rosemary, pine) with a hint of violets and chocolate cherries in the nose. - nice! Bright cherry flavors enhanced with lively spice and a really nice and juicy in the mouth. Wow!"
95 points - Rhône Shootout
"Complex black, red and blue fruit aromas, with complements of earth, cigar, pepper spice and oak. This is a pretty intense wine, displaying rich fruit and secondary elements in a firm but rounding finish. Decant before enjoying!"
97 points & Top 100 Wines of the Year - Wine X Magazine
Gold Medal - American Fine Wine Competition
$45 for 750ml bottle