past vintages of syrah


2011 Syrah

166 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$48 (sold out)
label – big table farm flatware

Deep purple with some transparency, but not much, and pronounced generous aromas that ooze out of the glass. Blueberries, huckleberries, beef jerky, lavender, Herbes de Provence.

The aromatics indicate a large wine on the palate, instead, prepare to be pleasantly surprised by a wine incredibly poised, lifted on the palate with no excess weight at all.

Vanilla, bacon fat, graphite, asphalt on the palate with lots of lavender and blueberry intensity. The tannins are melted, emphasizing the more feminine nature of this wine.

This wine continues to drink well on day two and three! It will age gracefully for many years although generous and complete at the moment.


2010 White Hawk Vineyard Syrah

194 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$48 - (sold out)
label – flatware from the big table farm table

Once again, as much as we love pinot, it is wonderful to work with syrah. They couldn't be more different and perfectly complimentary. An evening of pinot framed by chardonnay and syrah is dreamy when paired with appropriate seasonal foods.

The cooler growing season in California has created a wine that has elegance and a surprising weightlessness, yet also the power of syrah that we know and love. It seems to have all components in perfect proportions.

Minimal handling in the cellar have left this wine fresh and vibrant showing aromas of blueberries, bacon, violets, balsam wood, and Kentucky whiskey. The ripe fruit is balanced with elevated acidity making the palate of cocoa, tree bark, coffee, aged rum and charred beef really shine. We will cherish its presence on the table for years to come.


2009 White Hawk Vineyard Syrah

175 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$48 (sold out)
label – flatware from the big table farm table

2009 was a beautiful, long vintage, creating an opulent wine that still has wonderful balance, structure and acidity. We increased the whole cluster this year, which only amplified the nose.

This wine will age beautifully but is drinking very well right now. All natural ferments, 30% New French oak and elevage of 22 months made this wine what it is. You are greeted with a color that has become a signature of this wine - INK!

Rich blackberry fruit, cinnamon and tar great you. The palette has great depth and balance while still retaining purity through it's long finish.

Aromatics of strawberry, toast and a little spice lead you into a rich mouth feel. The fruit lingers on the finish while your mouth waters slightly from a pleasing core of acidity.


2008 White Hawk Vineyard Syrah

168 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
(sold out)
label – flatware from the big table farm table

2008 was a warmer year with lower yields in California, creating an opulent wine that is drinking well! Clare and I opened a bottle the other night to make notes and before we knew it the wine was gone and we hadn't even eaten yet (or made any notes) - slightly dangerous.

All natural ferments with 50% whole cluster, 40% New French oak and after an elevage of 14 months, it was ready to bottle.

The label has returned to a calamitous set of knives, forks and spoons.


2007 White Hawk Vineyard Syrah

190 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
(sold out)
label – ham raised, cured and smoked by Brian here on the farm

2007 was an exceptional vintage in California, and we are proud to offer this intense opulent wine. I think that most people don’t know what to expect when they taste syrah – we’ve found that once people taste this wine they are hooked.

Bold and yet generous, this wine fills your mouth and then politely asks for some dinner. Anything will do, something from the grill to start, maybe some cheese and then for dessert something creamy with maybe a little fruit. If you have invited other wines to dinner, this one will remain tried and true – ready for dinner tomorrow night.

Drink now, all at once or over successive evenings and put some in your cellar for more good meals down the road.

Aromatically presents rich fruit, coffee, roasted meats that follow to an expansive palette of even more of the same. The finish of silky tannins and dark fruits lingers and compliments grilled meats or your favorite hearty fare.


2006 White Hawk Vineyard Syrah

The fruit for this wine comes from a very special vineyard in Santa Barbara County - The White Hawk Vineyard - which is planted on ancient sand dunes on the south facing slopes of the Los Alamos Valley. This area is recognized as a top producing wine region.

The grapes were hand sorted and cold soaked for five days to pick up flavor from the skins before fermenting. The grapes were then fermented in two lots – one completely de-stemmed, and the other 75% whole cluster. The resulting wine aged in 40% new French oak and was bottled after 14 months in barrel.