2018 Bien Nacido "XO" Syrah
Hand-harvested at night, fermented with native yeast, and malolactic fermentations. Aged for 16 months in French oak; 25% new. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
In 1984 when Syrah was only a dream, the Miller Family recognized what the juxtaposition of sunshine and ocean breeze could do for this Rhône Valley grape. In its 4th vintage and the first vines of Syrah planted at Bien Nacido Vineyard, The XO showcases fresh mission fig, blackberry syrup, and chaparral, with an amazing combination of sage, rosemary, and lavender with hints of white and black pepper.
Monterey shaly loams. This comes from the own-rooted original planting in 1973.
97 Points - Wine Enthusiast
One of the Year's Best U.S. Syrahs & 92 Points - Wine & Spirits