Hiyu 2018 Crataegus
This is the half-acre parcel of Alpine varieties at the top of the hill adjacent to Arco Iris. It’s a field blend based on Syrah and includes all of its genetic relations from the foothills of the Alps. It can best be understood as an Italianate version of “old school” Cote Rotie. This parcel is always one of the last to ripen and we usually pick it at the very end of the vintage. I prefer parcels of this nature; ones that need to be picked at the very end of the season after the leaves have fallen. They offer bigger changes in style from vintage to vintage and reflect the year with greater fidelity. This parcel produced an extremely delicate wine in 2017 and 2019 and an absolutely epic one in 2018. This is on of the most concentrated wines from the farm from this vintage. While it is possible to drink it now, it really demands at least a decade of aging and should evolve positively for far longer than that.