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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 7 
ProducerHalcon Vineyards (web)
SubRegionNorth Coast
AppellationYorkville Highlands

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2015 and 2023 (based on 5 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.6 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 71 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Michael Davidson on 5/28/2015: My third of three bottles, and by far the best. I don't recall enjoying this much at all before, but now, three years later, it's great. Solid core of dark fruit, good acidity, great savory nose. I will try not to make the mistake of opening these too soon again. (915 views)
 Tasted by Weston3220 on 4/9/2015: Good, not as juicy as last year tasty drink up and enjoy now (1092 views)
 Tasted by Mr.Overhill on 3/23/2015 & rated 93 points: Continuing to improve as it ages in bottle - and really shows how good this '10 vintage is proving to be for syrahs from Sonoma/north coast. It still takes at least a day to open, and is best after 2 days plus. Great balance as has been noted, the tannins still show some hints of sandpaper, and the acidity is just awesome. Really solid dark fruits, great earthiness (some shrooms and flintiness) and a nicely tapering finish as an afterthought. I don't see this one fading for another 10 plus years and am looking forward to how it improves after this year. (1214 views)
 Tasted by Rich S on 3/22/2015 & rated 92 points: Consistent with previous bottle. Oak seemed a bit more prominent this time around but overall, this is fantastic Cali syrah. (1301 views)
 Tasted by David_T on 3/14/2015 & rated 92 points: The nose is a 'wow' mix of smoke, meat and dark fruit. The flavors show blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, grilled meat, earth and a bit of smoke. Medium+ acid, medium tannins and a long finish. Young but drinking well now and still a long life ahead of it. (1158 views)
 Tasted by jbposell on 2/11/2015 & rated 93 points: QPR alert! One of the best $25 syrahs I have ever had, just entering a great drinking window, tannins still very present but just enough to give it structure and interest, not at teeth-melting levels. Spice & fruit in equal doses and a pleasure to drink. Decant 1 hour or more and enjoy with grilled meats, stew, or burgers. (1412 views)
 Tasted by BklynNeophyte on 10/24/2014 & rated 93 points: Great immediately on opening and then some. A terrific syrah, and my favorite vintage of the first 3. Comparable: Paul Goldschmidt. (2059 views)
 Tasted by Weston3220 on 9/29/2014: Good fruit , velvey tannins, easy drinking, good qpr (2127 views)
 Tasted by Screameagle on 9/27/2014 & rated 88 points: Perhaps this wine is just not for me. Lots of other people like it but it just doesn't due it for me. Maybe with a couple more years of ageing I'll like it more. (2118 views)
 Tasted by Weston3220 on 7/24/2014 & rated 90 points: Lovely texture on the wine with great finesse, a fantastic syrah it is new world in style but the balance is impeccable,

Conc: a winner from cali (2592 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 7/4/2014: Boy, this is a zinger of a wine. A collision of acidity and earthy black/red fruit that together expresses a zesty side of syrah. It's got that loamy, mulchy type of finish with a bucket of black raspberry fruit that is tart, along with some savory aspects that shade it all, I suspect from whole cluster? This took a long while to open up, as I started the bottle y/day and finished about 1/2, then retasting today with a clear difference that was added by the slow ox exposure it's seen under the open cork. This is a terrific wine, zesty yet not without fruit and pretty squarely in a lower alc camp, with a bright expression. Given the acidity and persistent fruit here, this oughta age well and as this was my only bottle, I won't be able to report back. I'd suggest a drink window of say now (with air) through 2020. Was a gift from Andrew C--thanks man! (2786 views)
 Tasted by Chrisinroch on 6/19/2014: Dark fruit and licorice. Still quite chewy over a couple of hours. (2222 views)
 Tasted by rnellans on 6/16/2014 & rated 93 points: Dark fruits, licorice, herbs, spice. Pretty easy to drink given it's age. Quite nice. (2196 views)
 Tasted by konadog on 5/19/2014 & rated 92 points: blackberries, some bacon fat. very viscous and smooth/creamy palate feel. (2242 views)
 Tasted by rodsjuice on 4/11/2014 & rated 88 points: Decanted for 2+ hours. Nose was restrained with subtle floral, smoke, dark fruit. Palate is med to full with a firm acidic texture. This is still young and needs more time in the cellar. Will revisit towards the end of 2014. 5,13,14,6=88 (1964 views)
 Tasted by blakel on 4/9/2014 & rated 91 points: I should put a timed lock on my final bottle of this; it's great now, but only getting better. Focussed, very dark fruit, nice acids, powerful minerals - RDHUDAK's note of "dusty cellar" is spot on. Tannins have integrated substantially since my last vist. I am so curious to drink this wine in 2020, but I bet I don't have the patience to wait that long. (1860 views)
 Tasted by RDHudak on 2/5/2014 & rated 92 points: This bottle was awesome! Surprisingly developed, (56 in my LeCache) this was very smooth. N: Dark fruit, tobacco. P: Berry cobbler and much more integrated than before, even surprisingly so. Smooth tannins and balanced acidity, despite my former feelings that this had too much acidity. F:Medium with more fruit and earth. This wine was very balanced and really showed well. I thought I had more and wish I had saved this bottle, although it was an outstanding addition to grilled NY Strips. This has a long life ahead. I did save 3/4 of a bottle for tomorrow and will report. 91++
Day 3: Powerful nose of dark fruit and black cherry with a hint of smoke and dusty cellar. P: Dark fruit, black cherry, plum, black licorice and some sour cherry. F: Medium with balanced tannins and medium+ acidity. This is delicious and it doesn't hurt that the winemaker, Paul, is such a cool guy to deal with. Great QPR and wish I had several more bottles of this vintage. 91-92 (2297 views)
 Tasted by sachsen on 2/1/2014: Not as pleasant as prior bottles...seemed shut down and in need of serious aging. (1950 views)
 Tasted by Meerlust on 1/17/2014 & rated 92 points: Inky black color. The nose is a powerful blend of dark cherry, iron, minerals, smoked meats, light oak, and spice. The palate is plummy with tart apple skin, Necco wafer, violets, and pepper. This wine is medium-bodied with evident tannins and solid acidity. The finish is dark with good fruit and solid tannins. Overall, this wine is youthful but well made with lots of character. (1980 views)
 Tasted by maxima on 12/29/2013 & rated 91 points: Très belle Syrah, fait vraiment Rhône Nord comme style, frais et digeste.
Nez sur les herbes, les mures et les épices.
En bouche, belle minéralité avec du fruit noir....passablement long! (2117 views)
 Tasted by Rich S on 12/28/2013 & rated 92 points: Popped and poured. Medium purple color. Nice nose right out of the bottle with purple floral notes, black pepper, some ripe dark blue fruit and a touch of old wood. Similar flavors on the palate with the pepper and floral notes really coming through with a slightly tart blackberry preserve flavor on the back end. Medium acid and tannins with a lighter body and overall profile for Cali syrah which was quite nice. Everyone enjoyed this quite a bit and this is really a fantastic QPR as well. (1999 views)
 Tasted by BklynNeophyte on 12/3/2013 & rated 90 points: Thanksgiving Eve 4 continent tasting of 5 2010 syrahs: 6 tasters. This came in second, very close to first. Very nice. I think this vintage may be the best of the Halcon's. (1977 views)
 Tasted by ToddS on 11/27/2013: This bottle was not open at all. Definitely showing its youth. Only open about 30 minutes. So, decant, decant, decant. (1789 views)
 Tasted by maxima on 11/27/2013 & rated 92 points: Encore une fois très belle bouteille...Merci à mon ami Proprio Paul Gordon pour les bouteilles.
Du fruit noir et des épices, belle équilibre et assez long.
Excellent! (1955 views)
 Tasted by ToddS on 11/12/2013: Only reason to sit on these is if you only purchased a couple of them. Big fruit with plenty of tannin. Sit on the 09's and drink these now. (1907 views)
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By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #14 (12/18/2012)
(Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas) Login and sign up and see review text.   93+ points
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, May/June 2012, IWC Issue #162
(Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas Yorkville Highlands) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #10 (12/4/2011)
(Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas) Login and sign up and see review text.   92-95 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/28/2012)
(Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas) Opaque purple red violet color; lifted, lavender, violets, tart berry nose; delicious, tart berry, black fruit, tar, mineral palate; needs 3-plus years; medium-plus finish 93+ points  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/30/2011)
(Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas) Barrel sample - lovely, roasted black fruit, lavender nose; tight, tasty, rich tart black fruit palate with fine grained tannins; medium-plus finish 92-94 points (no stems)  92 points
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