This wine is 100% Syrah from the Bien Nacido Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley in the very northern reaches of Santa Barbara County. It comes from two distinct blocks at Bien Nacido: 54% from Block Eleven "Baja," a hillside planted in 1997, and 46% from the X Block, planter to Riesling in 1973 – grafted to Syrah in 1986. The X Block is out oldest Syrah block at Bien Nacido and is now being farmed using biodynamic practices.
The cool vintage yielded a very fragrant and spicy Syrah with lots of black and white pepper, lavender and deep berry fruit. This wine has plenty of depth and body but with a sleek, crisp mouthfeel that makes you keep wanting more.
"Peppery tannins frame the cool red apple- and plum-skin flavors, a firm structure that grows expansive with air. The pepper notes provide a savory backdrop to the sharp juniper and succulent red plum flavors. A fine, elegant expression of Bien Nacido's cool climate that shows remarkable depth and concentration while feeling light and juicy. It will become more complex with five to eight years in the cellar."
Wine & Spirits
" "Saturated ruby-red. Cherry, blackberry, Indian spices and cracked pepper on the nose, plus a subtle floral quality. Pliant dark berry flavors are firmed by juicy acidity and fine-grained tannins, picking up candied licorice on the back end. Gains weight with air and finishes with lingering spice and licorice character." "
International Wine Cellar