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2013 Syrah “Le Pousseur”
Wine Specs
100% syrah
Central Coast
Vineyard Designation
63% Bien Nacido, 34% Alamo Creek, 3% Ventana
see-rah luh poose-sir
6.0 g/L
Optimal Drinkability: Drinkable upon release (Feb. 2016), 5-8 years ageability
Serving Temperature
55-60º F
Label Artist
Alcohol %
James Suckling
Planet Grape

2013 Syrah “Le Pousseur”

Central Coast Syrah

If the ’12 Pousseur bore an uncanny resemblance to Crozes-Hermitage, our ’13 Syrah definitely shades slightly in the direction of a St. Joseph. 

92 Points James Suckling
91 Points Vinous

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
With a (gulp) substantial (63%) percentage of Bien Nacido Syrah in the mix, we certainly recognize the contribution of the mostly coolish (global climate change adjusted) Santa Maria climate to the natural acidity and freshness of this wine, as well as to the correctness of varietal expression. Wild plums, blackberries, Griotte cherries and licorice (of course). The tannins are soft and supple, but the wine has so much persistence, there is every indication that it will greatly benefit from cellaring. But for now, the Pousseur will enormously benefit from decantation and the investment in large balloon Burgundy glasses.
92 Points, James Suckling: "Tight and structured with green peppercorns, dried flowers and dark fruits that follow through to a medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish... Drink now." (Dec. 2017) | 91 Points, Vinous: "Opaque ruby. Spice- and smoke-accented dark berry and olive qualities on the perfumed nose. Bitter cherry and blackberry flavors are underscored by a suggestion of smoky minerality that adds energetic back-end cut. Turns sweeter on the long peppery finish which is framed by smooth well-knit tannins. I find this wine to be distinctly Northern Rhône-like in character." — J.R. (Oct. 2018) | 93 Points, “Feminine and perfumed with notes of raspberry, cherry, lilac, white and black pepper, savory herbs and scrub and bacon."
“Daily Wine” Winner - Slow Food's Slow Wine Awards - The Daily Wine Prize is awarded to bottles that represent excellent value (under $30).
Vineyard Notes
Dedicated to producing wines in a more unaffected, handsoff style, we created the 2013 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.
Winemaker Notes
“La syrah,” the French say—syrah is deeply and elementally feminine. It is perfumed elegance; enchanting and captivating rather than overpowering. One is disarmed by its freshness, its strangeness. Like Borges’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.
Food Pairing Notes
Excuse me, a lamb chop with a bit of a minty chimichurri is calling my name.
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Other Notes
Ingredients Grapes, tartaric acid, and sulfur dioxide. In the winemaking process the following were utilized: indigenous yeast, yeast nutrients, French oak chips and French oak barrels. At time of bottling, this product contained: 43 ppm total SO2 and 27 ppm free SO2.
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