Hagafen Syrah Shiraz Napa Valley 2001

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Our third vintage, and having already won two gold medals even before release, this 2001 Napa Valley Estate Bottled Syrah is made from two well-known vineyards: Hestan in the Eastern foothills of the valley and Page-Nord just south of Yountville. On the nose, our Syrah shows aromas of blueberry, chocolate cherry, leather, and tobacco. This inky, dark red wine fills the mouth with firm, meaty tannins, complementing a rich mix of cherry, black cherry, chocolate, and leather. With an extremely long finish, this well-structured Syrah begs for the accompaniment of food--anything roasted and in need of a wine able to accent and deepen the experience of hearty meat dishes. BEST 100 WINE OF 2005--Fred McMillin's Wine Report From The Fort DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL--Taster's Guild Journal GOLD MEDAL, BEST OF CLASS--New World International Wine Competition ONE STAR, 88 POINTS--Connoisseurs' Guide WINE OF THE WEEK (3/31/05)--St.Helena Star

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Varietal: Syrah
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Hagafen Cellars:
HaGafen Cellars is located in the Napa Valley, in the heart of California's premier wine grape region. Less than a mile south of the famed Stags leap District and twenty yards from the Oak Knoll District--Napa's newest and most exciting of American Viticultural Areas--our well-drained soil is ideal for the growth and production of ripe and rich, intensely fruity small lot estate bottled wines. ... Read more
HaGafen Cellars is located in the Napa Valley, in the heart of California's premier wine grape region. Less than a mile south of the famed Stags leap District and twenty yards from the Oak Knoll District--Napa's newest and most exciting of American Viticultural Areas--our well-drained soil is ideal for the growth and production of ripe and rich, intensely fruity small lot estate bottled wines. Owned and operated by Irit and Ernie Weir, the winery was founded in 1979, and the first commercially released vintage was harvested in 1980. In the ensuing years, we have grown from a small partnership producing wine with grapes from Winery Lake Vineyard, then owned by Rene DiRosa, to a well-established wine company whose wines are distributed throughout North America and overseas. Since 1980 our wines have been served on numerous occasions at the White House to visiting foreign dignitaries. The cornerstone of our lives are the Silverado Trail winery and tasting room and our two estate vineyards in the eastern benchland of the Napa Valley. Ernie's daily involvement in the two sides of wine production, grape growing and winemaking, ensures the superb quality of our wines. "Fine wine starts in the vineyard with careful vineyard management," says Weir. "I strive to take maximum advantage of the Napa Valley's natural geology and climate to produce the best wine varietals. I interfere as little as possible with the soil, creating a balance that minimizes the chemical and erosion impact by using modern farming techniques while maintaining the age-old wisdom of balance and the traditional values of conservation and land stewardship. Once harvest is completed, I undertake the second part of my job, winemaking. This presents an interesting challenge every time since each year the growing season and harvest are unique and different. I never seek to change what Nature has provided. My goal is to showcase the best that our land has produced." We look forward to meeting you here in Napa at our winery and tasting room on the Silverado Trail. Family, Tradition, Excellence: Think Hagafen! Read less
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Our third vintage, and having already won two gold medals even before release, this 2001 Napa Valley Estate Bottled Syrah is made from two well-known vineyards: Hestan in the Eastern foothills of the valley and Page-Nord just south of Yountville. On the nose, our Syrah shows aromas of blueberry, chocolate cherry, leather, and tobacco. This inky, dark red wine fills the mouth with firm, meaty tannins, complementing a rich mix of cherry, black cherry, chocolate, and leather. With an extremely long finish, this well-structured Syrah begs for the accompaniment of food--anything roasted and in need of a wine able to accent and deepen the experience of hearty meat dishes. BEST 100 WINE OF 2005--Fred McMillin's Wine Report From The Fort DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL--Taster's Guild Journal GOLD MEDAL, BEST OF CLASS--New World International Wine Competition ONE STAR, 88 POINTS--Connoisseurs' Guide WINE OF THE WEEK (3/31/05)--St.Helena Star

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