Wines from Bien Nacido
Our Grenache comes from the steep southeast-facing hillside of block 39 where the mountainous Monterey Shale dominates. We employ precision cluster shaping, structured canopy management and aggressive fruit thinning to create a healthy and uniform crop. The resulting wine is both luscious and elegant, lengthy and driven.
“Beautiful red fruits, spice box, sandalwood and flowery incense notes all emerge from the 2020 Grenache Kissing Vipers, a medium to full-bodied, incredibly pure, balanced, seamless red from this estate that will shine for a solid decade. This is impressive.” (8/29/2022)
We feel a strong connection to the unique and uncharacteristic structure of this truly wild section of Syrah known as X block. The resultant wine is as unique and profound as the look of the vines. True phenolic ripeness is achieved late in the season but at very low sugar levels. A dark, structured and ripe Syrah is achieved at very low alcohol levels.
“A completely different beast, the 2020 Syrah X Block is more cool-climate inspired and has lots of white pepper, cedarwood, and smoked black fruits to go with a medium-bodied, focused, elegant style on the palate that brings solid tannins and outstanding length. Give it a year or two and enjoy over the following decade.” (8/29/2022)
The wine gods were really smiling upon us when we were given the opportunity to work with a section of the outrageous block 11b Syrah at Bien Nacido. This wine represents everything we love about growing and making Syrah from this famed site. It’s dark and spicy, sexy and complex with unparalleled natural acidity and ripeness.
“Textbook Bien Nacido Syrah, the 2020 Syrah The Shadow has ripe black and blue fruits as well as piercing black pepper, spice, and camphor nuances. It’s powerful, full-bodied, and almost over the top, yet has silky tannins and no hard edges, with a great finish. It will drink well for 7-8 years.” (8/29/2022)