Bien Nacido 2016 Syrah

Santa Maria Valley AVA
95 Points — Vinous
94 Points — Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
91 Points — Jeb Dunnuck
Santa Maria Valley AVA
97% Syrah, 3% Viognier
18 months in French Oak barrels (10% new)
Cases Produced
Sweetness Level
Unfined & unfiltered
Diet Friendly
Low sugar, Low carb, Paleo, Keto, Vegan

The latest release of Bien Nacido Vineyards Estate Syrah reminds us that much of Central and Southern California was once covered by citrus groves. There is an amazing ruby red grapefruit and citron nose followed with exotic floral and smoky aromatics of violets, nutmeg, and bacon.

This wine was co-fermented with Viognier. The co-fermentation of Viognier lends a softer and more floral tone, which makes the Estate Syrah a perfect wine to open early in its life. Fresh violets, cracked white pepper and blueberry pie dominate with a fresh herbs-de Provence note found in the background. Those who give the wine some time in bottle are rewarded with summer sausage and sweet leather. Fermentation always happens naturally, and it was never fined or filtered. The amount of Viognier varies depending on vintage, but generally around 2-4%.

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