Piedrasassi Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah 2018 750ml
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Piedrasassi Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah 2018

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The Santa Maria Valley Syrah is our most restrained and elegant Syrah. The nose is reserved but will blossom with cellaring. Subtle aromas of roasted chestnuts, black pepper and rhubarb are followed on the palate by layers of silky tannins that finish with flavors of Black Tartarian cherries, California Bay, pine resin and smoked salt. These are the oldest Syrah vines that we work with - a detail that we hold in very high esteem. Older vineyards ripen more slowly, keeping the potential alcohol lower, which brings elegance to the wine. The Bien Nacido vineyard is also located in a cooler microclimate with more marine layer influence, which keeps the wine savory and less fruity. The saltiness in this wine is a true character of ocean influenced wines and marries beautifully with the sappy and sweeter flavors in this grape.
Wine Enthusiast
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Piquant, tart and snappy aromas of underripe berries and plums meet with lavender and crumpled dahlia on the nose of this bottling. The white-pepper, wild-thyme and bay leaf flavors are focused and pure on the palate, where black-plum and more lavender tones make for a fresh, lightly bodied and zesty expression.

April 1, 2021
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The 2018 Syrah Bien Nacido is a dark, beguiling beauty. Purplish/black fruit, spice, lavender, licorice and black pepper give the Bien Nacido a distinctly sepia-toned profile. Time in the glass brings out striking Syrah aromatics, but the 2018 remains a brooding, muscular wine with tons of depth and potent tannins that need time to soften.

August 2020
Wine Advocate
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The 2018 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard comes from vines in X block planted in 1973 and biodynamically farmed. It has a deep ruby-purple color and a lovely perfume of violets, garrigue and charcuterie with fresh blackcurrant fruit. The palate is grainy, fresh and light on its feet with loads of floral character and a long, lifted finish. 486 cases produced.

October 30, 2020