2014 Elite Syrah
The 2014 Elite is sourced entirely from Block 11F, which is an organically farmed block on a steep hillside of the iconic Santa Maria Valley vineyard, Bien Nacido. A small lot from only two barrels, this vintage is 100% Syrah and aged for an extended 28 months in 100% French oak, of which 50% is new. This cool-climate Syrah reminded the winemaking team of wines from the Cote-Rotie region of France. Elite is an elegant Syrah with notes of black fruits such as blueberry, blackberry and plum, black olive along with baking spices, sage, mineral and earth. This Syrah will most certainly hold up to a rib eye roast, spiced lamb chops or a smokey blue cheese.
"...the 2014 Elite is a selection of the top two barrels from Bien Nacido...It’s ruby/purple tinged color is followed by a broad, expansive, sexy Syrah that has notes of cured meats, lavender, plums, blackberries and tapenade. Textured, layered and opulent, yet still with solid, cool-climate style and vibrant acidity, it’s a killer wine from this estate that will drink well for a decade." ~ Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2014 Syrah Elite is a selection of the two best barrels in the cellar. Plush, deep and explosive, with all the intensity that is typical of these wines, the Elite is plush and flamboyant, but also impeccably balanced. In 2014, the Elite is 100% Bien Nacido fruit. The 25% whole
clusters impart attractive black pepper, olive and savory overtones. This is a terrific showing from Epiphany." ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous