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2010 Syrah “Le Pousseur
Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, CA
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2010 Syrah “Le Pousseur"

Rich, smoky red. Classic Northern Rhône style that pairs perfectly with smoked meats.

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$26 per bottle / $280.80 per case
$22.10 per bottle / $249.60 per case (Members)


“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.

Tasting Notes
Oh those Europeans and European-styled wines! Initially very closed when you first meet them. Air (and time) lures them out of their protective cocoon. Nose of anise, raw meat, bacon fat, leather, plum, and wet stone. In the mouth, what is most noteworthy is the texture - sleek, almost oily. Then there is the enormously savory, umami-intensive, almost saline aspect of the wine. Palpable acidity, medium tannins and discreet fruitiness evocative of confiture of fraises de bois. The 2010 vintage was incredibly cool (in every sense), producing among the most “classic" expressions of syrah that I have ever observed in California (at very discreet levels of alohol. Certainly the most expressive vintage and possibly finest vintage of Pousseur we have produced to date.

Our ’10 Syrah “Le Pousseur" is named for an alchemist and trickster, but is withal an incredibly accessible wine, great by the glass but also a felicitous partner to all manner of roasted meats, poultry, game, wild mushrooms, and well aged cheeses.


Vineyard | Production Notes
We created the 2010 Syrah “Le Pousseur" from syrah sourced from two 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.

Vital Statistics
Varietal Blend: 100% syrah
Appellation: Central Coast
Vineyards: 57% Alamo Creek, 43% Bien Nacido
Alcohol by Volume: 12.8%
TA: 6.6 g/L
pH: 3.63
Serving Temp: 55-60ºF
Cellaring: 5+ years from release (February 2013)
Production: 1,016 cases

Label Artist: Bascove