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2012 Syrah, Bien Nacido Vineyard, “X-Block
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
100% syrah
Appellation
Santa Maria Valley
Vineyard Designation
Bien Nacido
Harvest Date
10/12/12
Pronunciation
bee-en nas-edo see-rah
TA
5.8 g/L
pH
3.54
Aging
Drinkable upon release (February 2016), 5-7 years ageability
Serving Temperature
58º F
Bottling Date
5/13/14
Residual Sugar
0
Label Artist
Chris Freire
Alcohol %
13
Planet Grape
94

2012 Syrah, Bien Nacido Vineyard, “X-Block"

February 2016 DEWN Release

At the risk of sounding redoondant, this is one of the greatest Bien Nacido Syrahs in memory. 

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SKU: BNS12C

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The wine is an Oriental spice-box – sandalwood, pink peppercorn, bacon fat, with maybe a discreet suggestion of black olive. In short, all of the classic signifiers of Syrah. Lean and taut on the palate, built to last. Decantation highly recommended.
Ratings
94 POINTS, PLANET GRAPE: "Medium bodied with fine, softly chalky texture balanced by juiciness. Dark earth, tar, iron, dry herb and black pepper notes balance mountain blackberry and black plum fruit. Decant/Aerate/Cellar."
Vineyard Notes
The Syrah from the Bien Nacido Vineyard is truly one of the great treasures of California. It is utterly unique from virtually every other Syrah grown in these parts (many, alas, so drearily alike in predictable ways.) Whether it is (in part) the unique clone found at Bien Nacido (known as the Estrella River selection), or the unique trellising system (a sort of quasi- Geneva Double Curtain) - the enormous number of buds on these vines seems to create a lot of very, very small bunches; it is not inconceivable that the small cluster size itself is a salient factor in the unique flavor profile - or the soil typology, or (most likely) a combination of all of these factors, these grapes and the wine we’re able to make from them consistently knock me out.
Production Notes
Over the years, we’ve gone to using a greater percentage of whole cluster fruit in our Bien Nacido bottlings, and in this vintage, it is approximately 70%. Whole cluster, aka stem-inclusion, is interesting because it changes the fermentation kinetics (slows things doon), as well as adds an interesting flavor component – tannin, spice and just the right (homeopathic) degree of herbal scent, known as garrigue in some parts.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this wine now with meaty, savory dishes and aged cheeses, including roasted game, smoked meats, aged Gouda or Pecorino, roasts rubbed with Herbes de Provence, or dishes with mushrooms, including truffle.
Production
313 cases
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