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2012 Syrah “Le Pousseur”
Wine Specs
100% syrah
Central Coast
Vineyard Designation
48% Alamo Creek, 18% Bien Nacido, 18% Spanish Springs, 16% Ventana
see-rah luh poose-sir
6.3 g/L
Drinkable upon release (Apr. 2014), 5-8 years ageability
Serving Temperature
55-60º F
Bottling Date
Label Artist
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Wine Review Online
Planet Grape

2012 Syrah “Le Pousseur”

92 points, Wine Enthusiast

“This blend of grapes from four vineyards—48% Alamo Creek, 18% Bien Nacido, 18% Spanish Springs and 16% Ventana—offers dense berries and smoke on the nose as well as black pepper and tar. The tar shows strongly on the palate, as do blackberry blossoms and denser black pepper spice."

Perhaps our best Syrah value.
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“La syrah,” the French say—syrah is deeply and elementally feminine—is perfumed elegance. Enchanting and capitvating rather than overpowering, it disarms by its strangeness. Like Borge's Zahir, syrah makes an indelible impression. One will wander the world till the end of one's days, its sublime, haunting fragrance gradually displacing all thoughts and memories, including the knowledge of one's own name.

90 POINTS, PLANET GRAPE: “Seductive notes of red rose, lilac, raspberry and cherry mingle with earthy notes of game, bacon and underbrush. Smooth and silky. Decant to let oxygen do its thing." -

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
We’ve been in a nice aromatic groove of late with Le Pousseur, largely in virtue of the string of very cool vintages, and sourcing our fruit exclusively from cool climate sites.  The ’12 Pousseur (who is to say why) is still in a Marlon Brando-like bit of a sullen funk, but there is no question that underneath that brooding exterior, there beats the heart of a Wild One.  The Alamo Creek component (possibly in virtue of its extremely gravelly soil) seems to add a strong mineral/earthy/bloody note, not utterly unreminiscent of Cornas. With more air, you begin to gradually discern the characteristic anise/licorice character that typifies Syrah.  On the palate, the wine has a refreshing acidity, tannins well-resolved and is remarkably savory with an exceptionally long finish. This wine is still amazingly young and will benefit from several years of ageing (if you can wait).  If you can’t wait, decanting is well advised.
90 POINTS, WINE REVIEW ONLINE: “This is a ripe, full-bodied and wonderfully balanced expression of Syrah, focusing more of the black fruitiness of that variety rather than its peppery profile. Still, it’s not just fruit. Earthy nuances provide complexity. A glorious silky texture makes it easy to enjoy now with robust fare.” - Michael Apstein, May 13, 2014
Production Notes
2,126 cases
Winemaker Notes
Dedicated to producing wines in a more unaffected, handsoff style, Bonny Doon Vineyard created the 2012 Syrah “Le Pousseur” from syrah sourced from four exceptional cool climate Central Coast growers in the Santa Maria area, known for exceptional quality and close care of their vineyards. The grapes from each vineyard were hand harvested, sorted, and fermented individually. The result is an elegant blend of concentrated black fruits, spice, and earth. For optimal enjoyment, we suggest a gentle decanting, allowing the wine to breathe.
Food Pairing Notes
Rack of lamb.
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