There is something special about bordelais grapes grown in the Santa Cruz Mts. This wine in fact is a bit of a time-machine, harkening to an earlier, less self-conscious era of the wine industry in California, when winemakers made wines to please themselves, rather than trying to make wines that they reckoned would be commercially acceptable or sexy. (Does this oak treatment make my butt look pHat?) Organically farmed, dry-farmed vines from high in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the hippie trippy Zayante area. (Growing grapes there is real no picnic with the intense avian and deer pressure. The degree of bird pressure is often a salient consideration in when grapes in the Santa Cruz Mountains are harvested.)
At the risk of sounding redoondant, this is one of the greatest Bien Nacido Syrahs in memory.
91 Points Wine Enthusiast
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92 Points Wine Spectator, "Precise and appealingly Old World in style, offering smoky raspberry, spice box and black olive flavors and a hint of leather, finishing with refined tannins… Drink now through 2025.” - T.F. (Mar. 2019)