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2019 Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas


  • USA
  • California
  • North Coast
  • Yorkville Highlands
Drink between 2023 - 2037 (Edit)
CT92.3 32 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 31

  • Nutty08 Likes this wine: 93 points

    December 30, 2021 - Big crunchy vibrant Syrah. Has huge white pepper notes on the nose and palate. Crunchy palate, grapefruit notes highlight the freshness. Highly structured with some slightly bitter tannins on the back end. Very youthful and vibrant. Great stuff. Best to hold a few years.

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  • Benj wrote:

    December 24, 2021 - A fair bit of dissolved CO2 right on opening. A good shake in the decanter and a couple hours later, this was ready to go but continued to improve throughout the evening. Quite generously fruited at this stage but with plenty of olive, pepper, and earth - the latter with plenty of air. An outstanding wine that will need quite some time to fill out to its full potential.

  • jviz wrote: 92 points

    December 19, 2021 - This wine was ready to go. Aromatically open with a classical Northern Rhone profile. Ripe fruits that would make you think about 2015/16. The tannins on this bottle were relatively soft and did not distract. I’m glad to have a case of these to put away and forget about for a decade

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  • Frank Murray III wrote:

    December 9, 2021 - 95% Syrah with 5% Viognier. 50% whole cluster and just neutral wood. Love this stuff. Dried purple flowers/potpourri and ground black pepper aromatics, even a little bacon fat too. With no aeration this drinks super. Some plushness that is framed by blackberry, cherry and a bunch of tar, creosote and garrigue. Finishes with black licorice and a moderate kick of acidity. In contrast to the 2018, I suspect the 2019 will be attractive to a bigger audience. I like both vintages but the striking aromatics of the 2018 still haunt me. I wish Jackie and Paul Gordon the best, as they sold the vineyard and are going back to the UK. You guys made some of the best syrah in California and it will always hold a special place in the palates of many of the wine dorks, including me.

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  • Bathtub58 wrote: 90 points

    December 6, 2021 - Day 1: quick note. Moderate aromas/flavors. Medium body, ripe but fresh sappy dark fruits, with hints of pepper and licorice. Clearly showing ripe California fruit, but it was so fresh that it would be hard to peg this. Very drinkable. Saved one glass. Recorked.
    Day 3: still fresh, lost some depth, and showed a bit jammy

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Sonoma: Looking at the 2019s, 7/22/2021 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    Mar/Apr 2021, Issue #92, Recently-Tasted American wines Spring 2021 Releases and Friends, 3/1/2021

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2019
  • Type Red
  • Producer Halcon Vineyards
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation Alturas
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion North Coast
  • Appellation Yorkville Highlands

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 26 (3%)
  • In Cellars 753 (85%)
  • Consumed 107 (12%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

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