Crown + Thieves 2015 'The Broken Barrel' Syrah
This wine was/is one of the most iconic of all the hatch wines ever made and after much soul-searching and attempted accidental on purpose barrel breaking we finally have a worthy follow-up. Grapes came from Saddle Ridge Vineyard, notable for its prime location on the Black Sage Bench right aside from Black Hills and around the corner from the tip (ask a British friend). Aged for 3+ annums in a mix of American oak puncheons unfurls all the meat, smoke and spice you could want all in a hyper-unique fashion truly unique that exact piece of land. This time around though, the only thing that was broken in the process was the winemaker, but that’s a whole ‘nother story. Give this pup a few years in the cellar.