2018 Bien Nacido Syrah
"One of the standouts in the lineup...Classic dark fruits, ground pepper, iodine, and meaty, chocolatey notes define the bouquet, and it’s medium to full-bodied, with a layered, mouth-filling texture, plenty of tannins, and a great finish. A hundred percent Syrah, it was 70% destemmed and spent 20 months in 42% new French oak. It will shine for a least a decade." ~ Jeb Dunnuck
"Savory aromas of bay leaf, rosemary and seared lamb flesh meet with asphalt and elderberry on the nose of this bottling. Classic flavors of smoked meat, rosemary and olive are layered atop a core of dark berries on the palate." ~ Wine Enthusiast
"...a dense, inky wine. Blackberry jam, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, menthol, cloves and incense all hit the palate. This deep, plush Syrah is extroverted to the core. The tannins need time to soften here." ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
Bien Nacido is a cool-climate vineyard located midway up the Santa Maria Valley on the far north end of Santa Barbara County. Located just 16 miles east of the Pacific Ocean, maritime-influenced morning fog and cool afternoon breezes make for a slow ripening grape with longer hangtime on the vines. The result is this full-bodied Syrah with dark fruit flavors, dark chocolate, anise, vanilla, baking spices and espresso.
The Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah pairs beautifully with grilled lamb, braised beef or grilled eggplant.