Hayes Ranch

Livermore Valley


Henry Frederick Anspach, a Livermore farmer, could often be seen smoking his pipe and looking very relaxed and pleased after a rewarding day on his Ranch. Meticulous farming practices at Hayes Ranch, where our Syrah sits nearly 1000 feet above sea level, result in a full-bodied wine with rich color and density, as well as earthy tones and an inherent smokiness from vintage to vintage. Enjoy this beast with any terrestrial meat or your favorite smoke!

Wine Profile

Tasting Notes

Frequently seen relaxing on his Ranch and smoking his pipe, this 2014 Vasco Urbano "Henry" Syrah fits its name well. Cabernet lovers should sit up and take notice of the weight and style of our "Henry" Syrah. Rich and deep, with full-throated red cherry, peppercorn, and vanillin flavors, this favorite Rhone varietal performs in the glass. Find solid French Oak notes on its medium tannin finish, long and savory; it pops with smoky acidity and a bare brush of stone. There's a certain ripeness at this wine's core- combine it with its fresh acidity and you have a mid-term ager. Drink now through 2022.

Vineyard Sources

Hayes Ranch is located just east of Marina Ranch on the same rolling hills in the south end of Livermore Valley's primary growing region. The fruit comes from the south facing hillside and sits at nearly 1000 ft above sea level. During the growing season the fruit is only shaded by its canopy, no other structures or interference from the sun is there to protect the grow site. The resulting wines are rich and dense and exhibit spot on varietal character.


The Syrah was hand-picked in the early morning of October 16th and delivered to the winery for processing. Cluster and berry sorting without crushing the fruit gave us only the finest berries destemmed into open top bins to cold soak in our 48 degree room. On the third day the bins were brought to the fermentation cellar to start natural fermentation. The ferment made it nearly halfway through primary when various yeasts were pitched into the different bins. The bins were pressed together to create layers of different flavors from their individual primary ferment regimens. The wine was cellared in primarily French oak barrels.

Wine Type
Red Wine
Livermore Valley
Varietal Composition
100% Syrah
(Hayes Ranch)
Alcohol %
Cases Produced

94 Points

Catherine Fallis – Planet Grape – 2015

90 Points

Wine Enthusiast -2015