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Jeff Cohn Cellars

2016 Buffalo Hill Rockpile Vineyard Syrah
2016 Buffalo Hill Rockpile Vineyard Syrah

Named after the hand carved wooden Buffalo that overlooks the vineyard, the aromatics of this wine are roasted earth, freshly ground French roasted coffee beans and savory notes with blackberry and black currants that soar from the glass. The palate is almost over the top; incredibly rich, layered and unctuous, but stays focused and fresh. From the black fruits, roasted earth notes, sweet creamy vanilla bean and brooding blackberry, this is one of my favorite Buffalo Hill vintages, reminding me of a mix of the 2005, 2010 and 2013 vintages. 

96 Pts Conn Guide
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Syrah
Appellation
Rockpile
Vineyard Designation
Rockpile Vineyard
Aging
18 mos.
Fermentation
100% New French 228L barrels
Alcohol %
15.2
Connoisseurs' Guide
96
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The palate is generous and lush from beginning to the finish, with just enough grip and minerality that will make this wine age for at least 20+ years. The flavors are a mirror image of its aromatics but with even more intriguing iron and lavender component that winds its way through the palate. Jeff Cohn
Ratings
96 Pts Conn Guide Making its inaugural appearance in the pages with the 2013 vintage, Cohn's Buffalo Hill Syrah immediately established itself as one of the very best California Syrahs to be had, and the latest example only adds to its impressive legacy. As big and bold as ever but always a wine of terrific varietal definition with lovely oak imparting an extra layer of richness, it boasts tremendous fruity reserve and is surprisingly well-structured for a Syrah that goes to the hedonistic brink as it does. Its obvious richness noted, it is nonetheless one for the cellar, and it is guaranteed to grow for another ten to fifteen years. Reviewed: March 2019
Awards
2015 - 96+ Pts, 2014 - 98; Pts 2013 - 98; Pts 2012 - 95; Pts 2011 - 92 Pts
Vineyard Notes
2010 ft. Elevation of granite, loam, clay, quartz-it's the heaviest,rockiest, and steepest vineyard at Rockpile. The granite adds a mineral backbone to the weight that the clay creates in the wine. Planted to 470 small berry Syrah clone added with native yeast that Jeff isolated from Rockpile makes this a stunner wine every vintage. This section is named after the big hand carved Buffalo that sits atop the vineyard protecting the fruit.
Other Notes
In 2002 after many bottles of wine, I was able to talk Rod Park the original owner of the vineyard, to plant Syrah on the top of the hill where a carved wooden Buffalo stands. Rod wanted to leave the grassy and rocky hillside alone. Well those many bottles of wine kicked in and the next thing you know we are planting Syrah on the hill. Welcome Buffalo Hill Syrah! This is the rockiest section of the vineyard, thus more stressful to the vines and produces very thick skinned and small berries.