2003 Behrens & Hitchcock Syrah 4 Blocks Alder Springs Vineyard


  • USA
  • California
  • North Coast
  • Mendocino County
Drink between 2008 - 2013 (Edit)
CT90.8 7 reviews
Label borrowed from 2004

Community Tasting Notes 6

  • jimkimocmd wrote: flawed

    April 8, 2019 - Past its prime

  • Minnesota wrote: 92 points

    August 14, 2017 - Decanted two hours. Lovely, round and smooth mouthfeel, Fruit not prominent but balanced. Certainly not over the hill.

  • sayward wrote: 91 points

    November 12, 2012 - Decanted for 1 hour. Didn't seem to get a lot better as we drank it. Some red fruit and a touch of sugar on the nose. Not overly ripe. A nice bottle of wine.

  • davidandrose wrote: 89 points

    May 3, 2009 - Pop and pour. Tight and tannic with a strong alcohol burn upon opening. Use of a vinturi or 2+ hours of open (non-decanted) air time also dissipated these characteristics. Still retains its dark coloring, dark fruit and graphite on the nose, accompanied by alcohol that diminished with time. Black flavors, fine grained tanins, oak, and more graphite in a glycerin-backed wine that has a medium-lengthed finish.

  • LSKIII wrote: 90 points

    August 25, 2007 - Black ink in color. Nose was tight but fragrent. It's a medium bodied Syrah with some fruit upfront but the experience is really on the back-end with very silky/strong tannins and a super-long finish that starts with vanillia extract but prolongs into a coco/chocolate flavor for 30 seconds. Truly enjoyed this wine, but for the cost ($50~) would have liked something with a bit more going on upfront. Perhaps the wine has peaked? I'm not sure that I would hold/cellar this wine much longer if I owned more of it.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • Type Red
  • Producer Behrens & Hitchcock
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation 4 Blocks
  • Vineyard Alder Springs Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion North Coast
  • Appellation Mendocino County

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 2 (1%)
  • In Cellars 103 (43%)
  • Consumed 134 (56%)

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