2019 Homestead Hill Syrah
100% Estate Syrah
Homestead Hill Vineyard, Paso Robles Willow Creek District
192 cases, bottled April 2021
The Homestead Hill Vineyard has three different clones of Syrah (Durell, Estrella, and clone 174) planted. Each clone (or block) gets picked at different dates as ripeness varies. The first pick occurred on September 7th picking only the Durell clone and the first three rows of the clone 174 block. A week later, the rest of the clone 174 and the Estrella blocks were picked. Having two different picks allows for the grapes to achieve the desired pH and brix.
"Violet, açaí, blueberry and asphalt aromas hint at petrol at times on the nose of this bottling. Chiseled tannins introduce the palate, which opens into baked blackberry, violet, pepper and soy flavors. It has a leathery, spicy and umami-laced finish." — M.K.
95 pts - W.E.