Along with the 2015, the 2010 Syrah Akasha is a perfect wine. A blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Grenache coming all from the Hawley’s estate Torrin Vineyard, and from a cooler overall vintage that saw significant heat spikes going into harvest, it offers a kaleidoscope of violets, blueberries, cassis, crushed rocks, spring flowers, and exotic spices on the nose. These carry to a full-bodied, deep, multi-dimensional Syrah that has a rounded, voluptuous texture, a beautifully concentrated personality, not a hard edge to be found, and off the charts purity. It’s up with the greatest Syrahs from California and will keep for 2+ decades.
My favorite of the lineup and a totally knockout effort that will stand toe-to-toe with the best wines of the vintage, the 2010 Akasha is 95% Syrah and 5% Grenache that spent 18 months in 60% new French oak. Offering up incredibly pure creme de cassis, tobacco, chocolate, crushed flowers and hints of scorched earth, it flows seamlessly onto the palate with a full-bodied, massively concentrated, yet oh so fine and focused texture that’s hard to beat. Still tannic and youthful, give it another handful of years in the cellar and enjoy over the following decade or longer. Drink 2015-2030. With his first release in 2006, owner/winemaker Scott Hawley has quickly risen to the top tier of producers in California. Pulling extensively from creme de la creme vineyards on the west side of Paso Robles, he is becoming more and more focused on his estate Torrin Vineyard, which is located just behind Eric Jenson’s Booker Vineyard. While these wines are not for the faint of heart and dish out serious levels of fruit and tannin, they possess gorgeous purity of fruit and seamless, even elegant profiles. They lean toward the more savory, masculine side of the spectrum, and to a wine, will benefit from cellar time and age gracefully. I’m often asked who is the next up-and-coming estate in Paso. Torrin is always in the response. Don’t miss these! (JD)
Inky purple. Spicy cassis and cherry-cola on the nose, with pungent floral and Indian spice qualities adding an exotic twist. Sweet dark berry preserve and violet pastille flavors show excellent depth, with a bright spicy quality emerging with air. A surprisingly elegant wine for all its size, finishing silky, sweet and very long. (JR)
The 2010 Akasha (Syrah) shows the Torrin style at its very best. Varietal aromas and flavors are beautifully delineated in a wine of notable complexity and vibrancy. Dark red berries, flowers, mint and spices flesh out nicely in the glass as the wine retains gorgeous freshness to balance its natural intensity. A rich, textured wine endowed with considerable appeal, the 2010 should drink nicely for at least a handful of years. This is a great showing from Torrin and Scott Hawley. Proprietor Scott Hawley excels with rich, intense wines. The 2010s are solid, but my impression is that they are wines to drink sooner rather than later. Hawley is still dialing in his approach at Torrin, which remains one of the most exciting young wineries in Paso Robles to watch over the coming years. (AG)
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