Hahn Winery 2008 Syrah / Central Coast
Along California’s central coast lies the renowned Monterey County appellation and within that, the Santa Lucia Highlands, home to the Hahn Family’s vineyard estate. Nicolaus (“Nicky”) Hahn and his wife Gaby discovered a love for California wines in the mid-1970′s. A two-year search led them to the breathtaking beauty and ideal growing conditions of Monterey County where they subsequently purchased two ranches on which to plant vineyards and start a winery. Their first wines, released under the Smith & Hook label, received numerous awards and critical acclaim.
For fans of the varietal looking to spend a bit less, Hahn’s Central Coast Syrah retails for about $12. The nose is pronounced with cherry syrup and blackberry, alongside hints of clove, smoked meat, and pepper. Blackberry, cherry, and raspberry blend with notes of bacon and black pepper on the palate. It’s not a wine to sweep you off your feet, but it’s still a solid value.
FBWorld Panel Score: 86