Highest Rated Syrah in California

Each year Bill Easton, an original Rhône Ranger, crafts his top Syrah named ASCENT from several Sierra Foothills vineyard sites ranging up to 3,000 feet in elevation.  All of the grapes are grown in granite and volcanic-based soils. Only 8 barrels are produced and spend 22 months in 100% new French oak barrels before bottle aging. This is a deeply concentrated wine with dense layers of aromatic complexity.  In the mouth, you'll find riotous smoky wood tones, exotic spices, minerality and fine tannins. This wine has great structure and aging potential.
In 2020, the 2016 vintage was awarded 100 points by The Wine Enthusiast and was #2 on their Top 100 List for 2020. We have only a small quantity left and will be further allocated in the future.
In 2022, the 2018 vintage also received 100 Points from The Wine Enthusiast. This wine is available only by allocation.
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ASCENT is a top scoring wine every year! Since its first release in 1999, the ASCENT has garnered praise and high scores in all national publications. Read the list of all ASCENT scores.
On this page we offer current releases as well as older vintages from our library that are ready to drink and enjoy! Net Pricing.



96 Points, "Cellar Selection" Wine Enthusiast
#37 on Top 100 Wines of 2018
92 Points Wine & Spirits
92 Points California Grapevine
91 Points Connoisseur's Guide to Ca Wine
"Smoky, earthy, anise and dark-chocolate aromas give way to concentrated, layered black-plum, clove and blackberry flavors as this full-bodied wine seems to expand on the palate. Its texture is richly tannic and the mouthfeel is generous, prolonging the lush flavors on the finish. A perennial standout, this wine has proven it can age well." - Jim Gordon, 11/1/2018
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SKU: 15_TR_Ascent

93 Points - the Wine Enthusiast
93 Points - Wine and Spirits Magazine

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SKU: 10_TR_Ascent
95 points - The Wine Enthusiast
95 points - Connoisseur's Guide to CA Wine
92+ points - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
92 points - California Grapevine
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SKU: 07_TR_Ascent

94 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Enthusiast, "Cellar Selection"
93 points and 2 Puffs - Connoisseur's Guide to CA Wine

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SKU: 00_TR_Ascent
100 Points - The Wine Enthusiast
Top 100 Cellar Selection for 2022 - The Wine Enthusiast
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SKU: 18_TR_Ascent