morning picHarrison Grade is our Estate grown Syrah and is situated 800ft above sea level on a ridgetop above Occidental. Organically farmed, hand-harvested, native fermented, and bottled in-house, the 2013 vintage of Harrison Grade Sonoma Coast Estate Syrah is our first noteworthy release and a true grape to glass, vertically-integrated expression by the crew at Radio-Coteau. We chose to ferment this wine with 45% whole cluster to enhance the structure and long-term cellaring potential.

The 2013 Harrison Grade Estate Syrah has a striking blue-tinged dark ruby color. The concentration of color underlies a robust nose bringing to mind brambly fruits of fresh blackberry and red raspberry, rounded out with dried early plum and grapefruit peel. Fruit relinquishes control of the palate and nose to rapidly discover a number of other scents. Dried violets mingle with freshly chopped mint and peppercorn. Graceful aging for 15+ years.

Fall 2015 Release

 
 



GROWERS:

Radio-Coteau
APPELLATION:
Sonoma Coast
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:
Occidental
VARIETAL:
Syrah
VINEYARD AGE:
Planted in 1999
SOIL TYPE:
Goldridge
HARVEST DATE:
October 9th
UNFINED AND UNFILTERED

 
 

VINOUS MEDIA, February 2016
96 points
“The 2013 Syrah Harrison Grade Estate is the most explosive and powerful of Radio-Coteau's single-vineyard Syrahs. The interplay of aromatics, fruit and structure is simply captivating. Inky blue/purplish fruit, spice, licorice and menthol linger in a wine endowed with considerable pedigree. The decision to use a good amount of whole clusters (45%) seems very well suited to the personality of this site.” — Antonio Galloni

WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE, February 2016
95 points
“Radio-Coteau winemaker Eric Sussman brought fruit from this vineyard on Green Valley's westernmost ridge between 2002 and 2007. He reconnected with the owners in 2012, at a point when they were ready to sell the vineyard along with the old house, barn, apple orchard, and the spacious treehouse perched between redwoods. He now farms the syrah vines organically, ferments the fruit without added yeasts (45 percent whole cluster in this vintage) and ages his syrah predominantly in old oak puncheons. The vineyard's cool climate and sandy Goldridge soil created a gutsy syrah in the dry 2013 vintage, the intense spice of its tannin - wood bark, green peppercorn, black tea-growing toward rich, dark fruit as it takes on air. The flavors are potent, the final impression one of abundant coastal freshness that grabs the attention and doesn't relent. This needs another few years in the cellar to unwind; then open it with grilled lamb chops.” — Luke Sykora

THE WINE ADVOCATE, #221, October 2015
96 points
“I was blown away by the four Syrahs that Eric Sussman is producing. One of two prodigious Syrahs is the 2013 Syrah Harrison Grade, from an organically farmed vineyard 800 feet above sea level on a ridge top near Occidental. Sussman used 45% whole-clusters and, again, bottled this wine unfined and unfiltered. It has an absolutely amazing opaque purple color, while notes of graphite, asphalt, camphor, black truffle, blackberry and cassis soar from the glass. Some meatiness is also apparent, as this wine comes across like a California version of a great Hermitage. It should age magnificently for 15-20 or more years. Sadly, there are only 140 cases of the Harrison Grade and 170 cases of the Dusty Lane, but they are fabulous Syrahs from coastal viticulture and great winemaking. ” —Robert M. Parker Jr

VINOUS MEDIA, January 2015
(94–96 points) *barrel sample*
“One of the more savory wines in the range, the 2013 Syrah Harrison Grade Estate emerges from the glass showing magnificent complexity.Bblack pepper, orange peel, melted road tar, game, smoke and incense meld into generous blue and purple-toned fruit. All the elements fall into place in a cool-climate Syrah endowed with tons of personality and class, not to mention considerable fruit intensity for a coastal Syrah. This is a hugely promising wine from Radio-Coteau.” — Antonio Galloni

THE WINE ADVOCATE #216, December 2014
(92–94 points) *barrel sample*
“The impressive 2013 Syrah Harrison Grade comes from an organically farmed vineyard 800 feet above sea level and planted in Goldridge soils in 1999. The wine reveals lots of camphor, charcoal, roast beef, bouquet garni, blackberries and blackcurrants in a full-bodied, opulent, lusty style. Drink 2015-2025.” — Robert M. Parker Jr.

 
Harrison Grade Street Sign
 
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