2014 Syrah, Bien Nacido Vineyard
SANTA MARIA VALLEY AVA | SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
In 2013 the Bien Nacido Vineyard gave us exceptional fruit. Moderate, consistent temperatures provided optimal ripeness resulting in a wine with darkness, minerality, and elegance reminiscent of a fine Côte-Rôtie Syrah. Balanced acidity makes it exciting on the pallet. Plums and dark fruit integrate with Northern Rhône Syrah characteristics of cassis, tar, white pepper and black licorice. A beautiful wine that should age magnificently.
Wine Advocate 95 Points
Blackberries, crushed rocks, peppery herbs, violets and hints of salty minerality all emerge from the concentrated, full-bodied, beautifully layered 2013 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard. Aged 22 months in 24% new oak, this sensational Syrah has serious richness, yet never seems heavy, has building, fine tannin and a rocking finish. Hats off to this team for another terrific effort. This was a sensational lineup from the team at Jaffurs. — J.D.
Vinous 95 Points
The 2013 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard is one of the most polished and understated of these wines. Inky blue and purplish fruit, lavender, spice, mint and licorice are all laced together. Despite its considerable flavor intensity, the Bien Nacido is light on its feet, gracious and super-expressive. — A.G.