(2011 Vintage) The 2011 Austin Hope Syrah has rich, deep purple color. Deep aromas of blackberry and earth are on full display as the wine opens up. It has an enticing acidity and supporting flavors of blueberry and blackberry, leather and licorice. It has finishes with flavors of smoked meats and white pepper. The Austin Hope Syrah is grown on the Hope Family Vineyard, which is located 20 miles east of the Pacific Ocean in the Templeton Gap region. The site’s rocky soils of clay and limestone make it ideal for the Rhone varietals to which it is planted. The vines are managed carefully to keep cluster counts low, resulting in fruit with great intensity and rich in berry flavors.
Wine Enthusiast(2011 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast on 11/01/2013
Robert Parker(2012 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 08/21/2014