The 2009 Hop Camp Vineyard Syrah has aromas of black olives, lavender, leather, and smoky cured meats. This is a bold wine with tons of plum, cedar, and black licorice flavors.
This land was originally used for growing hops and then was converted into orchards and vineyards years later by the Martinelli Family. The “Gravel Lens,” refers to a very rare soil type known as “Cortina.” Throughout the years, the ancient river bed changed its course, depositing layers of gravel at different depths, creating a rare and wonderful layered alluvial soil, now known as the gravel lens.
This type of well drained soil is imperative in the growing of high quality Syrah, because it helps control these highly vigorous vines.