Nagy Wines White Hawk Vineyard Syrah 2010: This latest red release from winemaker Clarissa Nagy, whose day job is running Riverbench, furthers the welcome trend of making syrahs that are much heavier on herbs and earth than relying on juicy fruit bombs, a formerly dominant New World style that seems to be almost completely faded from most high-end Santa Barbara County bottlings.

This 2010 from White Hawk Vineyard in Los Alamos gets tarry with touches of lavender and other herbs you’d like to roast some lamb with, but also delivers enough blackberry, even a bit of cherry presence to keep you wanting more.

Her recent White Hawk Viognier 2010 release is also worth seeking out, with prominent peach flavors and a super soft mouthfeel.



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