The hilltop vines grown straight in Limestone rock without benefit of topsoil, exposed to sun throughout the day, and blasted by howling winds; all combine to produce wines with concentration and rich textures. As the Syrah vineyards have matured, the Hilltops Syrah, picked only from vines growing on ridgelines and crowns, has become the most Hedonistic and Calfornian of our extensive Syrah offering. Barrel aged for an extended 6 months on 25% new French oak, the wine is typically the most impressive and upfront upon release.
"The 2006 Syrah Hilltops Estate exhibits an incredibly fragrant nose of honeysuckle, black cherries, and cassis intermixed with hints of smoke and that underlying floral component. Its provocative character is not dissimilar from a ripe Cote Rotie from the northern Rhone."
The Wine Advocate
"Vivid ruby. Fresh red berries and Asian spices on the nose; reminds me a bit of pinot. Spicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are finely etched and given depth by bitter chocolate and black tea. The most youthful of these 2006s, finishing with excellent clarity, minerality and thrust."
International Wine Cellar