2018 Piedrasassi "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Syrah

SKU #1548787 95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Syrah Bien Nacido is a dark, beguiling beauty. Purplish/black fruit, spice, lavender, licorice and black pepper give the Bien Nacido a distinctly sepia-toned profile. Time in the glass brings out striking Syrah aromatics, but the 2018 remains a brooding, muscular wine with tons of depth and potent tannins that need time to soften. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Piquant, tart and snappy aromas of underripe berries and plums meet with lavender and crumpled dahlia on the nose of this bottling. The white-pepper, wild-thyme and bay leaf flavors are focused and pure on the palate, where black-plum and more lavender tones make for a fresh, lightly bodied and zesty expression. (MK) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard comes from vines in X block planted in 1973 and biodynamically farmed. It has a deep ruby-purple color and a lovely perfume of violets, garrigue and charcuterie with fresh blackcurrant fruit. The palate is grainy, fresh and light on its feet with loads of floral character and a long, lifted finish. (EB) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

K&L Notes

A remarkable blend of two legendary blocks at Bien Nacido. The core of this wine is "X-Block" a parcel planted way back in 1973. The balance of the wine is from an exposed, elevated, hillside block, planted in 1992 to the Estrella clone.

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/24/2021 | Send Email
With winemaker, Sashi Moorman's deft touch in the cellar, the old vines at Bien Nacido have issued forth a very complex and intriguing wine here. The bottle doesn't give up all it's charms on the first sip. Initially it's quite tightly wound, a few good swirls will lift dried lavender and alpine herbs from the glass. Following on one might find briary, dark red berries, laced with dusty earth and smoldering embers. Vibrant on the palate, with fresh, pure fruit and beautifully pronounced acidity. More succulence and fruit emerge on the palate with 30 minutes in a decanter. Suggestions of toasted spice, and seared red meat appear too. An understated power runs through the wines core. A very special expression of cool-climate Syrah from a Grand Cru vineyard, crafted by a true master of his trade. Don't miss this one.
Top Value! Drink from 2021 to 2040

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