2016 Hartford Outer Limits Syrah

95 Points -

"Varietally intriguing and compelling in tobacco, clove and blackberry, this full-bodied wine is tremendously appealing, with dark, brooding layers of spice and garrigue. Rich and lengthy, it shows plenty of complexity around a supple core of inviting succulence and well-integrated tannin and oak." - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, September 2022

Outer Limits Syrah

Tasting Notes

Black and blue fruits drive the aroma initially in this Sonoma Coast Syrah, with slight gamy characters, garrigue, blond tobacco and lilac aromas.  Tasting the wine one finds ripe blueberry and black currant flavors, and tannins that express the wine's mountaintop sourcing.  This dense and spicy Syrah was crafted in a style reminiscent of the great wines of the Northern Rhone Valley

Historic Acclaim

2015: 95 Points, Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, August 2021

2014: 93 Points, Tim Fish, The Wine Spectator, September 2019

2014: 91 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, June 2019

Vineyard & Vintage Character

Our Outer Limits™ Vineyard Syrah comes from an estate vineyard site, located on a windswept ridge area near Annapolis.  The vineyard, which also is the source of our Far Coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir bottlings, is a very cool site surrounded by redwood forests, over an hour north of the Russian River. This Sonoma Coast mountain ridge is four miles from the Pacific Ocian at 900 feet elevation.  The soils are the Goldridge series on top of older volcanic bedrock, which drives a balance between fruit, complexity, and structure.

Wine Details

Oak: 100% French oak; 41% new.      

Time in oak: 21 months

Alcohol: 15.2%

TA: 6.1 g / L       

pH: 3.48

Cases produced: 274

No fining or filtration