Halter Ranch September Wine Scores


September 29, 2016

2014       Halter Ranch      Ancestor Estate Reserve             

Opaque ruby. Dark berries, cherry pit, incense and cured tobacco on the pungent nose, which takes on a spicy element with air. Energetic, palate-staining black currant and bitter cherry flavors show excellent clarity and building notes of candied flowers, vanilla and allspice. The alluringly sweet, vibrant and persistent finish features repeating floral and spice notes, and fine-grained tannins add shape and grip.

-- Josh Raynolds               93           Josh Raynolds    2020 - 2027          $55.00   Sep 2016

2014       Halter Ranch      Syrah    

Bright purple. Highly perfumed cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by suggestions of olive, spicecake and candied licorice. Sappy, appealingly sweet dark fruit, vanilla and floral pastille flavors show a suave blend of depth and vivacity, and a lively mineral quality adds lift and cut. Becomes smokier and spicier on the persistent finish, which features a bitter chocolate quality and velvety tannins that sneak in late.

-- Josh Raynolds               92           Josh Raynolds    2019 - 2025          $35.00   Sep 2016 

2014       Halter Ranch      Syrah Block 22  

Inky ruby. Sexy, smoke-accented aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, allspice and candied flowers; a hint of cola emerges slowly. Sweet, seamless and broad on the palate, offering concentrated boysenberry and violet pastille flavors and an enlivening jolt of peppery spices. Decidedly rich, but there's impressive energy here as well. Velvety tannins build slowly on a very long, penetrating finish that leaves notes of spicecake and dark fruit liqueur behind.

-- Josh Raynolds               93           Josh Raynolds    2021 - 2027          $55.00   Sep 2016

2014       Halter Ranch      Malbec Estate Reserve

Vivid magenta. Ripe blackberry, cherry cola and candied flowers on the nose, complicated by woodsmoke and vanilla nuances. Sappy, sweet and seamless on the palate, offering concentrated dark berry liqueur and spicecake flavors that show both depth and vivacity. Supple tannins build slowly on a long, sappy finish that leaves notes of allspice and cherry liqueur behind.

-- Josh Raynolds               91           Josh Raynolds    2019 - 2025          $55.00   Sep 2016

2014       Halter Ranch      Cuvée Alice       

Dark violet. Blackberry, cherry liqueur and candied licorice on the fragrant nose. Rich but energetic, showing very good clarity and spicy lift to the sweet dark fruit and floral pastille flavors. Finishes on a smoky mineral note, displaying supple tannins, an echo of juicy dark fruit and excellent persistence.

-- Josh Raynolds               91           Josh Raynolds    2018 - 2023          $75.00   Sep 2016

2014       Halter Ranch      Cabernet Sauvignon      

Saturated ruby. Smoke-accented aromas of blackberry and candied flowers pick up a hint of licorice and vanilla in the glass. Juicy red and dark fruit flavors gain sweetness and flesh with air while maintaining vivacity. Packs a solid punch but comes off as quite lithe, finishing with strong cut, very good persistence and smooth tannins that provide grip.

-- Josh Raynolds               91           Josh Raynolds    2019 - 2025          $35.00   Sep 2016

2014       Halter Ranch      CDP       

Brilliant ruby. Fresh raspberry, candied flowers and peppery spices on the smoke-tinged nose. Sappy, palate-coating red fruit flavors pick up a candied licorice quality with air and show very good energy for their heft. Turns sweeter on the clinging, gently tannic finish, which echoes the red berry and floral notes.

-- Josh Raynolds               90           Josh Raynolds    2018 - 2022          $32.00   Sep 2016

2015       Halter Ranch      Grenache Blanc               

Pale gold. Vibrant orchard fruit and lemon curd scents on the lively, mineral-accented nose. Silky and seamless in texture, offering concentrated nectarine, orange pith and melon flavors given bite and spicy lift by a gingery element. The bright, penetrating finish clings with strong tenacity and lingering florality.

-- Josh Raynolds               91           Josh Raynolds    2017 - 2021          $28.00   Sep 2016

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