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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 8 
TypeRed
ProducerTerry Hoage Vineyards (web)
VarietySyrah
DesignationThe Hedge
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationPaso Robles

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2018 (based on 6 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Terry Hoage Syrah The Hedge on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.4 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 44 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by lvjohn on 4/27/2014 & rated 94 points: Absolutely delicious. Gave it a quick decant and rest. No significant solids in this bottle which we purchased at the winery. Very pure and elemental syrah with emerging complexity as the evening went on. The wine was so nice and we were so thirsty that it disappeared very quickly. Nice deep color. Appealing sweet nose. Wonderful red and black fruits with only minor spiciness. (881 views)
 Tasted by STM82 on 11/15/2013 & rated 91 points: Well crafted wine. A bit on the over ripe side for me. (1229 views)
 Tasted by goofy Yno on 7/2/2013 & rated 91 points: big, rich, maybe a touch of heat as it warmed (1740 views)
 Tasted by sterin on 3/7/2013 & rated 95 points: Drop dead gorgeous. I wish I had more than 1 bottle. The aromatics can be smelled from across the room. Tons of fruit, a hint of coffee. Super long finish. If you have a few, absolutely try one now. (2138 views)
 Tasted by kstoddard on 2/28/2013 & rated 90 points: Dark ruby color. Raspberry, violet, and kirsch on the nose. Palate has cherry and earth. Good acidity. High alcohol that is peeking out in the mid palate and finish. Drink on the cooler side. Kirsch dominates the finish. Not as good as I remember. 15.4% alcohol. (2481 views)
 Tasted by Robert Pavlovich on 2/24/2013 & rated 92 points: Showed well in Magnum at OCP4W 16. Highly expressive nose (which sung all day) of bacon fat, candied red fruits, and glossy funk. Clearly new world, there were gobs of red fruit on the palate, but this has a pleasing mid-weight texture and enough acidity to balance itself out. Shows a bit of spice on a short to medium finish. Overall just a fun wine to drink. (1303 views)
 Tasted by brigcampbell on 2/24/2013: Blind from mag. This is firing on all cyclindars. One of my favorites in a huge lineup. Pepper, jerky, dark fruit wrapped up with serious structure. Nice. (1560 views)
 Tasted by Wine-Strategies on 2/23/2013: From magnum. Surprised how much I liked this Syrah given its New World appeal, but there's considerable balancing acidity and above-average complexity on the nose and palate to see it through. Mid-palate and finish are engaging and rewarding. recommended (975 views)
 Tasted by Annie1 on 2/20/2013 & rated 92 points: I'm becoming addicted to The Hedge. Haven't had anything but exceptional syrahs from TH so far. Bring 'em on.
This was better than the last bottle, about which I wrote a real review...This time I just say, "yum". (782 views)
 Tasted by 88rebel on 12/27/2012 & rated 75 points: I've had this before and it was great. Something was wrong with this bottle. Got as a gift but must not have been kept well. Huge disappointment given my prior experience (771 views)
 Tasted by Moorsie on 12/7/2012 & rated 90 points: Huge fruit, maybe too much, a very good wine that should get better. (716 views)
 Tasted by Annie1 on 12/2/2012 & rated 92 points: Very very nice. Opened a split....Rather inky dark color. Didn't decant. Drank over about 2 hours and it was terrific. Just bursting with dark fruit & a tiny bit of pepper. Drinking syrah like this make me think that this grape is in contention with pinot noir and cabernet sav. It was lush, big, balanced, fruit forward without being jammy....Really glad I have several more bottles of this vintage. From TH....they did this right! (787 views)
 Tasted by goofy Yno on 11/29/2012 & rated 92 points: rich deep nose, powerful spice filled mouth with licorice and blackberry. great just above cellar temp, but careful at higher temperatures if you are heat sensitive (of your name starts with J and ends with eff). (849 views)
 Tasted by jeagle on 10/10/2012 & rated 91 points: Decanted six hours before tasting. Shy nose of red fruits and a whiff of alcohol. Initial impression is plummy fruit gracefully coating the palate. The wine has very nice weight and structure through mid palate then turns to cranberry and maybe red licorice with an attendant acid bite which I found to be too piercing. The experience was like slipping into clean sheets, beginning to nestle, then the bedside phone starts to shriek. Still, a lot of pleasure to be found there. (984 views)
 Tasted by bunkie on 10/5/2012 & rated 90 points: Be sure to decant as it opened up as the evening went on. Oak with some heat to it... really nice! (780 views)
 Tasted by morrieg on 6/17/2012 & rated 90 points: Very good. (1048 views)
 Tasted by gripNsip on 6/1/2012 & rated 95 points: The initial nose here tells nothing of what this wine is once in the mouth, gentle dark black and blue berry notes, some savory notes, dark earth, pretty gentle overall. In the mouth, wow. This weighted and feels like fine silk on the palate. Starts off very full and coating yet somehow keeps a feeling of grace. The flavors here provide a bouquet of red, blue and dark fruits with some minor earth notes in the background and the structure is perfectly integrated, the acids keep things fresh and provide lift to the flavors while gentle tannins only provide light grip and fall right in line. Ridiculously long finish. I really, really liked this. You could easily call this entirely hedonistic but this isn't entirely that, this girl has a good head on her shoulders as well. I didn't fancy myself that into Syrah before this but man, this was a beauty. (1186 views)
 Tasted by Azbearoh on 5/8/2012 & rated 95 points: Nice dark red fruit, long finish. Loved it (1276 views)
 Tasted by taho on 4/7/2012 & rated 93 points: Wonderful! (1141 views)
 Tasted by signotim on 11/28/2011 & rated 88 points: I thought all of the TH blends showed better than the Hedge Syrah. This has too much oak, not well balanced. Especially liked "the Pick" blend and "5 blocks" cuvee. (1878 views)
 Tasted by Robert Pavlovich on 11/20/2011 & rated 94 points: Nose still a little sudbued but the dark red fruit really pierces through on the palate, showing concentrated flavors of pomegranate, cherry, and blackberry. Framed well with lively acidity and good oak in the background, about 50% new. Persistent finish goes on for close to a minute. Overall this has an elegance and refinement I look for but still with a big impact on the palate. (2194 views)
 Tasted by rockguit on 8/3/2011 flawed bottle: Corked! Bummer, as I was really looking forward to tasting my first "jock-turned-winemaker" cuvee. :) (2169 views)
 Tasted by tp096255 on 6/1/2011 & rated 92 points: ---
COLOR: Garnet w/light garnet rim
NOTE: Prototypical nose of rich blackbery jam & 60% dark chocolate with cinnamon. Not heat. Mouth is medium weight with slighly underripe & acidic mulberry, and the finish just becomes more acidic (unpleasantly so). It dominates the fruit. Maybe time will help? Dunno.

DECANT: 1 hr
GLASS USED: Syrah
TASTE: 9.2-
COST: 27 (375ml)
VALUE: 6.0
PREVIOUSLY TASTED: n/a
TRY AGAIN: 2013
PAIRING:
Inquiries can be addressed to troypeterson@usa.net
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 Tasted by silbakor on 12/19/2010: Dense! oak & dark fruit nose, a hint hot, nice spice, long finish. great fruit. (2687 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #10 (12/4/2011)
(Terry Hoage Vineyards Syrah The Hedge) Login and sign up and see review text.   93 points
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Exploring California's Central Coast (Aug 2011)
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Paso Robles

Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance

Set apart by unique climate and geography, Paso Robles Wine Country provides prime growing conditions for more than 40 varietals planted over 26,000 acres of vineyards. More than 170 wineries craft this fruit into premium wines, gaining recognition around the world. The fruit, the wines and the distinct environment have quickly made Paso Robles California's third largest and fastest growing wine region.

 
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