Syrah High Contrast Vineyard

First Production: 2016

Professional reviews and tasting notes from prior vintages added as published. Scores within parentheses indicate barrel samples:

2017 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah High Contrast Vineyard

95+ Points

…Backward notes of chocolaty black fruits, toasted spice, mulled plums, cured ham, and sweet mulch all developing with time in the glass. Full-bodied and concentrated on the palate, with plenty of tannins… This is certainly for those who like a big dose of funk in their Syrah! –Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

2016 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah High Contrast Vineyard

100 Points

From a vineyard planted in 2013, the 2016 Syrah High Contrast saw loads of stems and mostly neutral barrels. This thrilling wine has a Chave Hermitage-like purity and class as well as gorgeous notes of cassis, black raspberries, smoked earth, and graphite. It’s deep... incredibly layered, pure, and long, with a finish that won’t quit. This isn’t for those looking for an inky, massive wine, but it’s pure class, complete, amazingly long, and elegant. Give bottles a few years in the cellar and it’s going to shine for 15-20 years –Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

96 Points

The 2016 Syrah High Contrast Vineyard initially wafts from the glass with a rocky dustiness, then reveals an elegant black and red-fruited core of aromas, oozing with seductively bright and focused black raspberry notes, followed by red and purple flowers, a line of stemminess and dried herbs de Provence on the lifted and aromatically complex nose. Medium-bodied on the palate, the wine is ethereal at first, then compounds in the mouth with a mineral tension, the fruit turning a touch tarter across the mid-palate, showing incredible precision and balance. The wine continues to evolve with a fantastic expression and long, drawn-out finish for this young vineyard that was just planted in 2013… If you can afford it and you can find it, buy it! –Anthony Mueller, The Wine Advocate