7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street, 33rd Floor
New York, New York 10007
212 602 7700

Bien Nacido Vineyards Syrah

label image label image

Tasting Notes

Bien Nacido is best known as a historic vineyard that has played an important role in the development of America wine by supplying ambitious winemakers with top-notch fruit since the 1970s. But Bien Nacido also makes wines under its own label. Today, they are among the finest in California.

Bien Nacido Syrah is made with 100% Syrah of the Estrella clone planted in 1995. This vineyards siteĀ is at 700 ft elevation facing directly west with a view of the whole Santa Maria Valley and the Pacific Ocean past it. Soils are Los Osos clay loam, over marine volcanics.

Hand harvested and fermented with native yeast, and malolactic fermentations. Aged for 18 months in French oak (30% new). Bien Nacido Syrah offers exotic aromatics of white pepper, tapenade, tar, and violets. A cool toned entry on the meaty palate yields to firm tannins that work nicely with dark fruits and ample acid through the finish.

2009 Vintage rated 90 points Wine Advocate, 90 points Wine Enthusiast

2012 Vintage rated 96 points Vinous (Antonio Galloni)

Winery

Bien Nacido Vineyards

Region

California

Varietal

100% Syrah, Estrella clone

Location of Vineyards

Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County

Altitude

700 feet

Soil

Los Osos clay loam, over marine volcanics

Aging

Aged for 18 months in French oak; 30% new

Alcohol Content

14.2%

Total Production

98 cases produced

Oenologist

Trey Fletcher