92 Insider Points
Ichabod and the Horseman Actually Get Along in Sleepy Holler. I mean anyone can get along with the right bottle of wine. Page Mill's Syrah is something I'd love to share with my friends. Dark berry & bacon on the nose. A complex palate of tobacco leaf with brambleberry, blueberry, mulberry & lingonberry. Full bodied with medium acid. The finish shows spicy black pepper with black cherries. I won't be losing my head over this wine. 92 Points - JZ September '17
Napa Valley, California
Aged American Oak
$0 SHIPPING Selection (6+/btls)
Roses and leather, silky tannins and robust flavors: prepare to meet Napa’s best-kept secret. Page Mill’s Sleepy Holler Syrah is the perfect reason to slow down, take a moment, and take in the scenery. From the remote reaches of northern Napa Valley, this showstopper takes you off the beaten path of Napa’s Highway 29 and along a delicious, scenic route.
Why we love it:
In the intimidating mountainscape which surrounds Napa’s northern extreme, you’ll find Pope Valley. It’s a sacred treasure where the air is noticeably cooler and the fruit ridiculously expressive.
The likes of Flora Springs, Heitz, and Shafer grow and source fruit from these remote vineyards. But none of them know it quite like Johny White. As the premier vineyard manager in the area, Johny knows to take great care in his Sleepy Holler Vineyard. The hand spaded soil allows rain access to the subterranean stores for the vines and the weeds and yanked the old-fashioned way. (By hand, just to confirm).
Here the Syrah vines work away, ripening fruit of intense character. A feat well accomplished in the legendary 2013 vintage. Long sunny days, the chill of remote altitude, and all the tender-loving-care any vine could hope for.
Dark ruby in color with uniform clarity. This wine opens with prunes, lilac, smoke and cedar and heavy, ripe fruit. The medium intensity entry leads to a heady mid palate and noticeable tannins around the back and sides of the palate with lush floral components leading to a long finish. Hints of jam and leather linger on the palate with dense fruit. This wine will age beautifully and reward those with patience with a further developing of the fruit, depth and balance.
Page Mill winery began making wine in 1976 at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Founder, Dick Stark, was selling lasers around the world at the time and, on his days off, would walk through the Rheingau in Germany visiting small family wineries. He returned to California and proposed to wife, Ome, that they make a life change. Dick spent 28 days with son, Eric, excavating a cellar underneath the family home on Page Mill Road in Los Altos Hills and Page Mill Winery was born.
Dick began making wines from vineyards across the state and built production up to 1,200 cases. He focused on small lots of vineyard designate wines.
Youngest son, Dane, took a semester off in 1989 to explore the family business. He has been with the winery since graduating college. Ome and Dick retired in 1996 and moved to Twain Harte in the Sierra Foothills. Dane continued operations at the family house in Los Altos Hills until, due to physical constraints of the property, a move became necessary. In 2004 the winery moved to the serenity of the Livermore Valley.
Production has increased to 3,000 cases and Page Mill wines can be purchased in the tasting room, online and at restaurants and retailers in the Bay Area.
Poised to pair with your favorite beef cut on the grill.