2014 Halcón "Alturas" Yorkville Highlands Syrah SKU #1272629


RP 95
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K&L Notes

Halcón Vineyards is certainly not a household name in wine at this point but that may change very soon. To us here in the K&L Domestic Department they have been on our radar since we first tasted their 2009 vintage a number of years ago. That first wine we tasted, the 2009 Alturas, was like a slap in the face. We taste so many new wines every year but so few actually make you instantly pay attention and look at what is really there. Ever since we've been wildly intrigued and supportive of this high elevation vineyard in the burgeoning area of the Yorkville Highlands and look forward to tasting the wines year in and year out. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

Staff Reviews

  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2014 Alturas is a stunning wine that is unmistakably Syrah but is not really like any of the “classics” per se, it is not Northern Rhone, or Australia but it is very California. An airy and open nose of fennel, turmeric, cured pork and crushed stone with pastille candies and a wealth of wild blackberry fruit greets the nose, friendly and welcoming. Bright and with good fresh snap this wine is packed with fresh berry flavors and a beam of savory intensity showing flavors of peppered bacon, more crushed rock, cola, beef blood and a mélange of dried herbs. Engaging and pretty hued throughout this is not a Syrah that yells at you incessantly but rather one that sings softly in your ear. Delicious now but easily drinkable over the next 4-9 years.
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    I was very, very impressed with this wine after tasting it today. High toned and dark fruited, this isn't your average Syrah. While it has a few hallmarks of the varietal, such as game and dried violets, it also has a dazzling acid structure that really pops out of the glass. Great wine now; I am also profoundly curious about where this wine is going to be in 5 years.


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