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2009 Syrah, Bien Nacido Vineyard, “X-Block
Wine Specs
Vintage
2009
Varietal
100% syrah
Appellation
Santa Maria Valley
Vineyard Designation
Bien Nacido
Pronunciation
bee-en nas-edo see-rah
TA
5.7 g/L
pH
3.8
Aging
Drinkable upon release (Nov. 2012), 20+ years ageability
Serving Temperature
55-60º F
Bottling Date
8/12/2011
Label Artist
Chris Freire
Alcohol %
13.3
Vinous
92
Wine Advocate
90

2009 Syrah, Bien Nacido Vineyard, “X-Block"

90 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

“A classic Bien Nacido Syrah with its smoky dark fruit, mineral and pepper-driven bouquet, the 2009 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard X Block (100% Syrah aged 20 months in French oak puncheons) is medium to full-bodied, beautifully fruited and has a focused, pure feel on the palate. Outstanding juice, it should drink nicely through 2019. Drink now-2019.” -Jeb Dunnuck, August 2013

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Very peppery and minty, with excellent fresh acidity (another trademark of Bien Nacido Syrah), rich dark fruit, and moderate but firm tannins. Immense savoriness (somewhat of a Bonny Doon signifier), with an exotic herbal element, that rather subjectively reminds me a bit of chimichurri. NOTE WELL: The wine is exceptionally locked up (closed for business) for several minutes after opening, and will benefit enormously from decanting or even just sitting a half hour in a large glass; this is a great portent of the wine’s great aging potential. A most successful vintage for Bien Nacido Syrah.
Ratings
92 points: “Opaque ruby. Wild, intensely perfumed scents of blackberry, fruity black pepper, incense and smoked meat. Spicy and youthfully fruity, with a supple texture and slowly unfolding dark berry preserve, licorice, candied violet and smoky bacon flavors. A distinctly wild rendition of syrah, finishing with sweet tannins and lingering smokiness." - Josh Raynolds, Nov. 2013
Vineyard Notes
Bien Nacido in Santa Maria Valley is a very tony neighborhood, vitaceously speaking. It's my own personal (unproven) theory that the clone of Syrah planted in the X-block (the “Estrella River” clone) may in fact be identical to “Serine”, the aromatic Syrah variant of Côte Rôtie. The rub is that Serine only really expresses its unique qualities when grown on very cool sites, which, of course, very accurately describes Bien Nacido.
Production Notes
843 cases
Winemaker Notes
An exceptionally cool and elegant vintage, this bottling shows off the typical smoked meat/bacon fat character that typifies Bien Nacido. In recent vintages, we've been including a more substantial percentage of whole cluster fruit in this wine, and the stem inclusion does add rather nicely to the structure of the wine and perhaps an enhanced degree of herbal spiciness.
Food Pairing Notes
This wine calls out (bleats?) for roasted lamb.
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