This is easily one of Abe Schoener's best red wines to date. Not for the faint of heart, this Syrah smells something like a hypothetical blend of blackberry liqueur, granite, flowers, and Barolo chinato. Right now the wealth of dark fruit and spice flavors are best consumed alongside broiled and buttered steak (or earlobes), but we suggest stashing one or two of these away for the long haul. What does it all mean? Here's what winemaker Abe Schoener had to say: First the name: Lee Hudson, who owns and farms this vineyard, refers to the block from which all the grapes were harvested as "The Widowmaker," because of a strikingly shaped dead tree at the eastern corner of the vineyard, near the gate and equipment staging area. Lee explains that in the West, such trees are called widowmakers because of the consequences of their loosing a limb on a worker below. He suggested that I use the name of the block for the wine that I made from it, but I declined. The name seemed too obvious, maybe even too crass for a wine. One would have to know about the tree and its idiomatic name not to completely misunderstand why the wine is called widowmaker.
But it was easy for me to promise Lee to use a Greek word that meant the same thing. That word is "androkteinos"-- slayer of men. It is a favorite epithet of Hektor in Homer. The wine has some heroic qualities, particularly in scale and intensity. It is very deep and complex, though with none of Hektor's tragic depth. I think that the intersection of a western eptithet and one of Homer's will satisfy the grower's honorable desire.
Only 70 cases made.