JD95 The finest wine in the lineup is the 2016 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyards and this beauty comes from a cool, ocean-influenced site just to the east of Santa Maria. Aged 19 months in 80% new French oak, it offers a fabulous perfume of blackberries, black and white pepper, cedar, and subtle marine and iodine notes, which is a classic Bien Nacido character. Medium to full-bodied, impeccably balanced, and with a layered, multi-dimensional texture, it’s going to keep for a decade.
VIN95 The 2016 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyards brings together all the best elements of Jeremy Weintraub’s very personal style. A whole range of pungent, varietal Syrah aromatics lead into a core of inky/purplish fruit in a rich, sumptuous Syrah loaded with class and personality. Lees stirring adds texture, but there is more than enough aromatic pop to balance things out. This is another fabulous wine in Jeremy Weintraub’s range.
Estate Notes: The 2016 Site Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyards is 100% Syrah. In the nose it offers classic notes of blackberries, black and white pepper, toast, and blood. The mouth is medium-bodied, with layers of flavors and texture.
Site is managed by Jeremy Weintraub, who is winemaker at Adelaida Cellars in Paso Robles, CA. Before Adelaida, Jeremy was winemaker at Seavey Vineyard, in Napa Valley, and before that he had winemaking and grape-growing stints in Paso Robles, Santa Maria, Central Otago, Martinborough, Tuscany, and on Long Island.
The wines of Site come from grapes that have been sourced from the most distinctive vineyards in California. These sites promise wines that kindle our senses and intellect and leave a gut feeling of pleasure. I view each vintage with a fresh eye and an open mind. I don’t enforce a particular winemaking style but take an approach that’s nimble and dynamic and attuned solely to the vineyard and the vintage, not to a dogma.