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Hilltops Syrah 2019

Hilltops Syrah 2019
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We first vineyard designated this cuvee from the modern-day Hilltops block in 2008, only 4 years after replanting the Estate’s center ridge to a variety of our favorite Syrah strains and clones.  Since then, we have refined the Hilltops cuvee into a tight selection of our favorite micro-blocks within the greater hilltop.     Prior to 2008, the Hilltops wine came from a barrel selection of Syrah from all three ridges on the vineyard.  Those grapes are now blended into the main Estate Grown Syrah cuvee.

2019 marked the second vintage in a row without harvest-time heat spikes.  Facial Expressions around the team conveyed our shared thoughts and feelings without saying a word – a certain giddiness that we had a shot at replaying 2018 armed with that year of heat-free experience.  And, the acids were hanging even higher and fresher than 2018.  The Tell of the vintage is extremely energetic, high-toned red wine that will age well over a decade.

Opaque tarry dark fruit kissed with lavender and backed with sage and mint.  Fine, feathery and elegant with a playful prettiness in its youth - but we can’t wait to check in on the 2019 Hilltops in 3-5 years once unfurled. 

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Ballard Canyon
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Spring 22