2004 Bink Wines Syrah Hawks Butte Vineyard
This wine is an earthy purple color in the glass with just a bit of cloudiness. The aromas start off
with dark berries, dried leaves and a distinct note of red meat. With air, the
wine develops a lovely crushed red cherry aroma, but that meatiness continues throughout. On the palate, the tannins
have smoothed out with eight years of age, but still provide structure. Medium acid
and juicy fruit combine with a hint of mocha .
I like this wine at this point in
its evolution, even though most of these were probably consumed within a few
years of release. The fruit has softened and some secondary flavors have
developed that are really delicious: dried cranberries, leather, and just a hint
of green olive and radish. Toast accents the finish, but doesn't overwhelm the
palate by any means. I believe this wine only saw a little bit of oak, which is nice because it lets the purity of flavors show through.
This Hawkes Butte syrah is clearly California, but it takes inspiration from the syrah of the Northern Rhone Valley. In my opinion it does a good job of demonstrating the terroir of Hawks Butte Vineyard syrah.
90 pts IJB