About this Syrah wine
The Tierra Alta Vineyard sits perched on a steep hillside above the quaint town of Los Olivos. This planting is in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valleys Ballard Canyon growing area. Our flagship wine comes from side-by-side blocks planted on the very top ridge of Tierra Alta where the afternoon winds gets stronger and the limestone-infused soil gets thinner.
Our 2006 Tierra Alta Vineyard Syrah welcomes you in with a deep purple hue then offers rich notes of blackberry and dark cherries. This array of dark fruit is complemented by hints of mocha, spice, and just a touch of sweet tobacco smoke.
Food and wine
We suggest you pair this wine with an Chipotle-Marinated Tenderloin Tips
|Wine Profile Style
|Drink Now (0-3 yrs)
||Will Age (3-5 yrs)
||Will Age (8-10 yrs)
|No Residual Sugar Dry
Indie Winemakers' Tasting Notes
Our mission is to provide unbiased opinions of the wine being offered. These notes come from up to 10 guests who tasted this wine in a blind tasting format (wine is concealed so their identity is unknown). Why this format? Tasting blind completely throws out any hype associated with a certain winery, style, price point, etc; it forces the taster to accept what is in the glass without any predetermined notions.
Our tasters are not wine professionals, but a cross-representation of professions where the common denominator is our love for wine. We utilize Robert Parker's Glossary of Wine Terms to help write our comments. In addition, we utilize the aroma wheel to enhance our ability to describe the complexity of wine flavor.
Group Tasting Notes: Ridiculously good wine! Very dark and extracted color in the glass on this Grenache. Red berry fruit nose. Tastes of black cherry, vanilla, raspberry - just like trying fruit samples at the farmers market. Incredibly long finish with a little bit of tannins. Give this a few more months and then dig in.
Group Tasting Notes:
Clear dark ruby red color. This wine has medium viscosity with clear tear drops. It has great focus with blackberries and a smokey bacon nose. The tastes are similar along with some pepper that was not picked up before. Well structured, the wine has a velvety feel in the mouth. Nice medium-long finish.
Wine Technical Data
||100% Pinot Noir
||California Soleil Vineyard, Napa Valley
||Sept - Oct, 2006
|Sugar at Harvest
|Aging / Cooperage
||13.5% by volume
||pH: 3.92, TA: .64
Technical Notes - Hagafen Cellars 2006 Prix Reserve Pinot Noir, Soleil Vineyard: North Block
About the Vineyards
California Soleil Vineyard is in Yountville, Napa Valley. Yountville AVA is one of the coolest wine regions in Napa Valley, which helps contribute to a long growing season. The area is particularly known for tannic wines that have the capability of aging well in the bottle.
About The Vintage
The 2006 growing season started late; bud-break was delayed by very wet and cold weather throughout winter and early spring. An exceptionally hot mid-summer season helped accelerate growth. By the end of July, when temperatures soared over 100F on eight days, the vines had entered into a more typical cycle. Beautiful weather followed in August, with characteristic warm days and cool nights. Mid-veraison was observed on August 8. Mild temperatures throughout the months of September and October allowed for increased hang-time and favored perfect ripening.
Winemaker's tasting notes
This Reserve Pinot Noir presents aromas of bright cherry, strawberry and honey while the drastically low yields we get from these vines produce a New World Pinot of mouth-filling cherry, spice, and zippy white pepper. This wine is all about experience, and given how little of it there is, we urge you to get it now or miss it forever.