Hawk Haven Vineyard 2015 Signature Series Syrah

87 points

Very young, tiny production Syrah grown in New Jersey's largest AVA. Nose is slightly subdued fro the variety with aromas of strawberry and blueberry made more interesting by a meaty minerally note -- think raw dry aged beef.

Medium-light in body, the red berry-dominated palate shows a bit more tannin than you might expect given the body. Delicate notes of black pepper and meaty minerality bring complexity to strawberry and red raspberry flavors. A nice bit of juicy acidity keeps things fresh and the finish extends nicely.

Producer: Hawk Haven Vineyard
Grapes: Syrah
 Outer Coastal Plain
ABV: 12.5%
Production: 52 cases
Price: $40

* Review sample provided by the winery

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded NewYorkCorkReport.com in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched TheCorkReport.us in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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