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Hors Categorie Syrah 2019

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14.40% /
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Vintage: 2019
  • WA 100
  • JD 98
  • JS 100
  • OB 99
  • VIN 98
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    Crafted by the skilled hands of winemaker Christophe Baron, Hors Categorie Syrah 2019 stands as a testament to his mastery. This exquisite creation is the culmination of both artistry and nature’s bounty, with consulting winemaker input from the esteemed Owen Bargreen.

    In the glass, the wine showcases a deep, entrancing ruby hue that hints at its depth and intensity. The aromas that waft from the glass are a medley of spices, herbs, and dark berries. Layers of bacon, steak tartare, and black fruits intertwine with an underlying floral essence, creating an olfactory experience that is nothing short of captivating.

    On the palate, this Syrah reveals its true personality. Silky tannins envelop the senses, guiding the journey through a symphony of flavors. Ripe fruit notes give way to savory hints of tobacco and leather, while the initial intensity mellows into a harmonious blend of taste sensations. The wine’s concentration and layers unfold like a story, leaving the palate intrigued and satisfied.

    The critical acclaims resound in the wine’s profile. James Suckling’s perfect 100-point score and commendation as a “real McCoy” resonate, while The Wine Advocate’s Anthony Mueller praises its elegance, finesse, and power, declaring it a world-class gem. Owen Bargreen’s words are nothing short of awe-inspiring, highlighting the wine’s nervy and stony character alongside its astonishing palate that balances weightlessness with minerality.

    Eric Guido’s notes on its Hermitage-like qualities and Jeb Dunnuck’s comparison to a great Hermitage further attest to its exceptional nature. The Hors Categorie Syrah 2019 is a liquid velvet masterpiece, deeply characterful, and poised to captivate connoisseurs and collectors alike. This limited-edition elixir, with only 1,800 bottles produced, is an investment in the finest expressions of Syrah, a journey through complexity and refinement that will age gracefully for years to come.

    16 reviews for Hors Categorie Syrah 2019

    1. Robert Costa

      The Hors Categorie Red, with its blend of smoke and blueberry, is a delightful surprise. Each sip is an exploration of flavors, thanks to Christophe Baron.

    2. Diana Colin

      The blackcurrant and pepper notes in the Hors Categorie Red are a revelation. Winemaker Christophe Baron has outdone himself with this one.

    3. William Bekis

      The Hors Categorie Red, with its smoky undertones and hint of salt, offers a wine experience like no other. It’s a testament to Christophe Baron’s expertise.

    4. Brenda Lares

      The Hors Categorie Syrah is a work of art. The salty undertone paired with the incense flavor is a unique combination that works wonderfully. Enjoyed every sip!

    5. Duane Mart

      The Hors Categorie is a symphony of flavors. From blackcurrant to black olive, it’s a journey of tastes that leaves you in awe of Christophe Baron’s skill.

    6. Ann Mcbride

      The Hors Categorie Syrah is pure indulgence. The peppery notes coupled with the sweet black cherry flavor makes it a winner in my book.

    7. Theresa Delima

      The Hors Categorie Red is a must-try. The blend of smoke and black cherry is subtly powerful, leaving every sip as exciting as the first.

    8. Edward Hyneman

      You can taste the magic of Christophe Baron in the Hors Categorie Red. The distinctive taste of black olive and the subtle hint of incense is pure bliss.

    9. Billy Gutshall

      Hors Categorie Syrah is truly a masterpiece. The bold flavor of olive tapenade and the sweet surprise of blueberry is simply irresistible.

    10. Jesus Abernathy

      The black olive flavor in Hors Categorie is incredibly unique. Paired with the peppery notes, it’s a wine lover’s delight. Kudos to Christophe Baron!

    11. Kelly Ferguson

      The Hors Categorie is an experience! Each sip reveals a new flavor, from smoky undertones to the surprise of salt and star anise. Love it!

    12. Israel Wilkes

      The Hors Categorie Syrah is a treat for the senses. The flavors of olive tapenade and blueberry are harmoniously balanced, creating a truly unique wine experience.

    13. Aaron Janow

      One can’t simply resist the Hors Categorie Syrah. The blend of blueberry and incense flavor is simply divine, leaving you wanting more.

    14. Hattie Kwan

      Sipping on the Hors Categorie Syrah was like tasting a rainbow of flavors. The hint of star anise was a surprising twist I thoroughly enjoyed.

    15. John Blakemore

      The Hors Categorie Red is absolutely divine! Winemaker Christophe Baron surely knows his craft. The notes of blackcurrant and smoke are impeccable.

    16. Janie Mosconi

      Enjoyed the Hors Categorie Syrah with a good steak. The black cherry flavor was a fantastic companion to the meal, leaving an unforgettable taste.

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    Critical Acclaim

    WA 100
    Wine Advocate
    Powerful and robust with a complex nose, the 2019 Syrah opens to aromas of spiced blackberry and black raspberry before primary and secondary expressions blossom in the glass with elegance and precision; it then articulates layers of truffle, hints of tar and roses, turned earth and succulent red flowers with dusty, ripe red fruit essences. Medium to full-bodied, this Syrah is a masterclass in capturing a sense of place as it somersaults across the mid-palate with elegance, finesse and power. At the same time, flaunting its well-deserved triple-digit score, this devastatingly gorgeous Syrah glides effortlessly to a complex, ever-evolving and lingering tannic finish. This is world-class juice that shines with stunning purity. Run, don’t walk to grab any of the 1,800 bottles made.
    JD 98
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Reminding me of a great Hermitage, the 2019 Syrah comes from two steep hillside vineyards planted on the north fork of the Walla Walla River, in Northeastern Oregon. Its deeper ruby/plum hue is followed by a powerful, meaty, yet incredibly complex nose of ripe, blackcurrants, gunpowder, bloody meat, and peppery herbs. These all carry to a medium to full-bodied Syrah with a beautifully balanced, elegant mouthfeel, plenty of mid-palate depth and sweetness, ripe tannins, and flawless balance. It's beautifully done and a world class Syrah that warrants 4-5 years of bottle age and will keep for 20+ years. Don't be afraid to give this plenty of air if drinking any time soon.
    JS 100
    James Suckling
    Tons of spices, bacon, herbs and steak tartare, as well as black fruit and berries on the nose, with an underlying floral character. Full-bodied with gentle, silky tannins. Extremely concentrated and layered. The ripe fruit turns to savory notes of tobacco and leather. So sleek and elegant. Burnt rosemary at the finish. Fantastic. This is the real McCoy. It is tasting wonderful now, but will go the distance. Only 1,800 bottles made. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.
    OB 99
    Owen Bargreen
    The very nervy and stony 2019 Hors Catégorie Syrah is an astounding achievement in this somewhat challenging vintage. 100% Syrah, this exudes class with bulls’ blood and iodine tones alongside wet gravel and Mandarin orange rind with beautiful red florals on the nose. The palate is astonishingly good, coming off very weightless and full of minerality. Ripe black currants, iodine and huckleberry tones mingle well with garrigue notes and stony minerals on the palate. Flirting with perfection, this unbelievable effort will shine on for another decade or more. Drink 2022-2037.
    VIN 98
    Mesmerizing is the word, as mentholated freshness introduces the 2019 Syrah Hors Catégorie Vineyard, complementing citrus-tinged blackberries, rhubarb and white pepper. This is like liquid velvet, dense and textural, yet with stimulating acidity to balance, as savory herbs and mineral-tinged black fruits drench the palate in youthful concentration balanced by a contrasting twang of spiced lemon peels. The 2019 finishes incredibly long and potent with silky tannins that saturate, as hints of salted licorice slowly taper off. There’s simply so much going on here, yet also so much more below the surface, which makes the Syrah Hors Catégorie one of the most deeply characterful domestic Syrahs I’ve ever tasted... Frankly stated, the 2019 Syrah Hors Catégorie Vineyard is flirting with perfection.

    What does Hors Categorie Syrah 2019 taste like?

    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    smoke, salt

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    black cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, star anise

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    blood orange

    black raisin

    Food Pairing with Hors Categorie Syrah 2019

    Our wine experts think this Bold and Structured Hors Categorie Syrah 2019 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

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