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 2013 Vasco Urbano “ Henry” Syrah fits its name well. As soon as it is uncorked, aromas of seared meat, tobacco, and black pepper are met with notes of boysenberry and blackberry wrapped in an “Old World Syrah Funk” we love to embrace. Dark fruit and smoke drive through this wine from start to finish with strong grip and structure that will ensure your glass is never empty. Enjoy with BBQ or simply relaxing, just as Henry intended!!

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 6th 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