The Gibson Block is the heart of the McDowell Valley AVA. It is planted with some of the oldest Syrah and Grenache in California. This ancient, dry farmed
mixed block next to the original Gibson Homestead has been producing grapes for over a hundred years. Reflecting the hidden property where it is grown,
this Syrah is quiet, obscure and profound. Limited in production due to the unique grape source, this wine is built to enjoy with food and will age at least a decade, only increasing in subtleness and complexity.
This unique site holds some of our latest ripening vines. In 2015 we saw a long, cool growing season which allowed us to harvest this extraordinary
fruit at full maturity after the fruit saw only one light rain, and prior to the mid-October storms. Picking the grapes at Gibson Block is the moment when
the entire team starts to relax and feel the end of Harvest and winter right around the corner.
“The 2015 Syrah Gibson Block is a field blend (it’s 90% Syrah) that was all destemmed and brought up in neutral barrels. Blackberries, melted
licorice, asphalt, and dry aged beef notes all emerge from this ripe, downright voluptuous beauty. It’s a big, sexy beast, but still has class, integrated
acidity, and superb purity of fruit. It’s one hell of a drink.” -Jeb Dunnuck, June 2018 – 93 Points