Wine Review: 2012 Austin Hope Syrah, Paso Robles, California

Like a Paso Robles sunrise peeking up over the flatlands on the eastern horizon beyond Bakersfield, this wine covers a lot of ground. Not surprising. In fact, that’s the kind of wines I’ve come to expect from Hope Family’s viniferous offerings.

Austin Hope has long been a driving force behind making Paso Robles the viticulture region of significance that it has become today.

This Syrah continues the Paso Robles and Hope Family tradition of making well-made sophisticated wines.   Broad and expansive, the aromas paint a wide swath across your scent receptors including components of black olive, bay leaf, dried figs then juicy nuances of meaty aromatic charcuterie mingled with fresh plum.

Tea smoked duck

On the palate, the same components of earthy meatiness balance the forward bold fruit keeping the flavors on the straight and narrow without any ducks getting out of line. If that were a tea smoked duck, it would be all the better. 17K case production.

Rating: Excellent (92) | $42 | 15.5 % ABV

Austin Hope Syrah