Leading off the lineup and just a killer Syrah that does everything right, Hawley's 2013 Akasha (there's a splash of Grenache in here as well) is getting up there with some of the top wines to come out of California. Coming from cooler, north and east facing slopes, and aged 18 months in 60% new French oak, its inky color is followed by gorgeously pure aromas and flavors of black currants, blackberries, smoked meats, earth and pepper. This full-bodied, concentrated and impeccably balanced beauty has fine tannin, no hard edges and blockbuster length. In short, it's a gorgeous wine I wish every reader could taste! (JD)
Brilliant violet. Deep-pitched black and blue fruit and Indian spice aromas show impressive clarity and pick up hints of candied licorice and violet with air. Broad and sappy in the mouth, offering deep-pitched, sweet blackberry and cherry compote flavors and a late suggestion of spicecake. Smooth, slow-building tannins give shape to the very long, energetic finish, which lingers with superb, fruit-driven persistence. (JR)
Offers a potent structure, with firm tannins and lively acidity, boasting taut flavors of blueberry and currant, accented by hints of crushed stone, brambly underbrush and smoky cured meat. The tannins need time to tame in the cellar. Syrah and Grenache. Best from 2019 through 2028. (TF, Web Only-2017)
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