Hall "Darwin" Red Wine 2011

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Napa Valley

This unique wine is named for the town of Darwin, Australia, where Kathryn and Craig Hall’s small plane required an emergency landing. Once safely on the ground, the Halls toasted their well-being with an Aussie Shiraz/Cabernet blend and pledged to craft a similarly poignant wine in the Napa Valley.

Their 2010 Darwin is the first vintage comprised of 100% Syrah sourced solely from the Napa River Ranch, an optimal site for growing this varietal. The vineyard is located in a uniquely cool micro-climate within the valley. As a result, this wine embodies the dark, muscular, ear thy interpretation of Syrah.

An inky, teeth-staining hue, this wine’s color makes its density of flavor detectable by sight alone. Honest, unbridled aromas of roasted lavender, black currant, freshly milled black spice, graphite, and tar waft from the glass. On the palate, this wine is completely and utterly alive: vibrant, fresh, and focused, it is a concentration of crushed violets, black fruits, roasted game, and plowed earth, all underscored by a deliciously soulful funk that only Syrah can deliver.