2015 Halcón "Alturas" Yorkville Highlands Syrah SKU #1299964


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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, Domestic Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Anthony Gittings
    By: Anthony Gittings
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a softer approach to Syrah then a lot of it's California counterparts. The grapes are sourced from vineyards that sit 2500 ft. in the mountains and is one of the highest elevation vineyards in the state. The wine has velvety tannin and packed with elegant dark fruit. A flinty and mineral tone are found from the nose to the finish giving the wine complexity and texture.
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    Last year this winery had a coming out party with its 2014 releases. They were highly scored in Wine Advocate and the door was ajar. Orders flooded in and the wines were sold out in a matter of days. This year we may run into a similar problem as again the scores are good and 2015 for Halcón, like most in California, was a very, very small vintage. This 100% Syrah blend from the estate vineyard high in the Yorkville Highlands (2,500ft) was fermented with 40% whole clusters and is full of the meaty savor that I love in Domestic Syrah. Superb aromatics of fleshy wildberry, crushed stone and burnt ends lead to supple caressing flavors of bacon, braised meats, blueberry and darkly roasted artisanal coffee. This wine is just beginning to unravel and if the past vintages are any indication will age slowly and gracefully for some time.
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    Halcon's estate vineyard in Yorkville Highlands is one of the highest in California and has soils similar to that of Cote Rotie, giving Northern Rhone inspiration for the Alturas Syrah. This impressive, full-bodied Syrah shows elegance and aging potential with its complex aromatics and structure on the finish. Blackberry, pomegranate, vanilla, spice and subtle hints of floral notes bring this beautiful wine together.


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