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Jeff Cohn Cellars

2017 Buffalo Hill Syrah
2017 Buffalo Hill Syrah

Aged in a 100% new French oak, but amazingly the purity and intensity of the fruit in this wine overshadows it. That being said, this aromatics don’t soar from the glass; they pull you into the glass. It’s deep and saturated in every way, from the black and red fruits to the crème de cassis, to the roasted earth and wild herbs. On the palate this wine wants to take you over the edge, with its full body feel, from the first taste to the massive finish. This wine is as sensual an experience that only this Syrah can be.

96 Pts Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines
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Wine Specs
Vineyard Designation
Rockpile Vineyard
18 mos.
100% New French 228L barrels
Alcohol %
Connoisseurs' Guide
Wine Profile
96 Pts Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines Year in and year out, Mr. Cohn’s Buffalo Hill bottlingsrank among the very best Syrahs in the state, and nothing has changed in 2017. Tasting our ways annually through its maker’s many Syrahs is never less than a pure pleasure, and, if picking a favorite is sometimes difficult, this expressive and amazingly deepeffort sits very confidently at the head of the class. It is still ababy with the tighter structure of a wine that absolutely demandsage, but, if its best lies six to ten years in the future, it is already a fascinating, many-layered wine that is rife with concentrated berries and very specific varietal spice with accents of minerals and stony soil, and it remains a standard setter among serious, cellar-worthy, California Syrahs.
2016 - 99 Pts, 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.