2009 Hampton Vineyard Syrah
Syrah •Hampton Vineyard
California: Santa Barbara County: Santa Ynez Valley
We love, love, love this very impressive 2009 Epiphany Cellars Hampton Vineyard Syrah. As evidenced by this extraordinary Syrah, Blair Fox has really come into his own as a winemaker.
Epiphany Cellars has long-captivated our attention, and always, their Syrahs are top-shelf. Santa Barbara Syrah can be rather hit-or-miss, but today’s wine was really a smash hit with our tasting panel.
This big, delicious, balanced Syrah is made from the famous Hampton Vineyard, the winery’s finest source for multi award-winning Syrah. This wine is complex and deep, but also very approachable and, dare we say, even fun. It is also a great food wine, with plenty of acidity to balance its own dark character and provide a pleasing cleanse to the palate, between bites of food.
Drink now, or hold for the next decade. Just don’t miss out!
Intensely ruby red, with lighter-colored edging. At the core of the wine, the wine remains clear but darkens, slightly. When swirled, the wine settles quickly, leaving behind slow-moving legs and a viscous quality that attest to the depth of its flavors and feel.
Pronounced smoked meats, black cherry, leather and dark tobacco leap from the glass. These warm aromas are complimented by jammy dark plum and blackberry compote, darkly toasted oak and a hint of nutty chocolate.
Concentrated and bold with big fruit flavors of dark mixed berries, plum and black cherry. A backbone of darkly toasted oak ushers in dried leather, dark cocoa, dark cured meats and black pepper, with hints of the mildest tobacco and subtle hint of smoked bacon.
Extra long and absolutely loaded with dark, ripe fruit and savory characteristics that take a very long time to fade. As flavors fadem the palate is left with softly dry, chewy coating of dried red and black fruit, cured dark meats, spice, pepper and dark cocoa.