2019 Santa Maria Valley Syrah
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Bien Nacido Vineyard has long been a highly sought-after site for Syrah in Santa Barbara County. We are lucky to work with the vineyard's two best plantings, X Block and Z Block. X Block, grafted from Riesling to Syrah in 1986, represents the very first cool-climate Syrah planting in North America. Z Block was planted in 1992, making these the oldest Syrah vines we work with at Piedrasassi. The advanced vine age slows ripening, keeping potential alcohol levels lower. Bien Nacido is farmed biodynamically.
Year in and year out, we find our Santa Maria Valley Syrah to be the most elegant and restrained of the lineup. High-toned aromas of red fruits, cherries, and sweet spice lead to juicy flavors of pomegranate, raspberry coulis, pine, and a touch of white pepper on the palate. Softer, silkier tannins give way to a refreshing, acid-laden finish. In 2019, 306 cases of Santa Maria Valley Syrah were produced.