91 POINTS - Daniel Rogov
Sometimes our formula at WineHeist is pretty simple: take a great winery, a great vintage, and a great discount, and the result is a winner. Long-time WineHeist customers know that we are huge fans of Napa Valley’s Hagafen Estate, and since they’ve been doing it since 1979, long-time Napa enthusiasts have probably been fans of Hagafen even longer. And if we mention the excellence of the 2007 vintage in California one more time, people might go crazy, so let’s just leave that alone. Suffice to say the 2007 Hagafen Syrah lives up to the standard of both the vintage and the producer, resulting in a stylish, balanced wine perfect for the last of the cold weather, or the first of the spring thaw. And did we mention that a little known fact is that all of their wines also happen to be Kosher.
The just-released 2007 Hagafen Syrah is estate grown and bottled from the Weir Family Vineyard III (the Weirs have owned and done the winemaking for Hagafen from the beginning in 1979). Dark garnet in color, with an exotic nose of coffee, mint, chocolate and spring flowers. The palate shows classic Syrah flavors of smoked meat, pepper, and dark chocolate. Medium bodied and with good acidity, this is definitely a “French” style Syrah, where fruit is not the driving force behind the wine, a welcome change of pace from high-octane, syrupy Syrah that can be incredibly fatiguing. Balance and elegance are the word of the day for this one, meaning that it will pair wonderfully with a variety of dishes. A perfect wine for any dinner party with multiple courses or hard to pair side dishes!
Appellation: Napa Valley
Sugar: 24.5 Brix at harvest
Acid: 5.6 g/L
Alcohol %: 13.8
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.
Learn more at www.hagafen.com.