“Site” is a venture from Jeremy Weintraub (longtime Seavey winemaker). He sources from the best “Sites” in California. This latest Grenache is just a good example. The 2017 Site is sourced from the Larner Vineyard. The Larner Vineyard would be considered a “Grand Cru” if it was located in France.
Accolades: “Top Grand Cru Vineyards in California by Wine Spectator ~ Top Five California Vineyards by Wall Street Journal ~ Top 25 Vineyards in the World by Wine & Spirits ~ California’s Best Single Vineyards by Wine Enthusiast ~ Top 5 Vineyards You Can Trust by Pinot Report ~ Ten Best Vineyards by Food & Wine, etc.”
Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points: “Made from 100% Syrah from the Bien Nacido Vineyard and aged 18 months in 75% new oak, the 2017 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyards has a more meaty bouquet that carries brilliant cassis and darker berry fruits, salted meats, ground pepper, violets, and lavender notes. Full-bodied, concentrated, voluptuous, and incredibly seamless on the palate, it has another level of polished elegance. It’s brilliant Syrah from this talented winemaker to enjoy over the coming decade or more.”
Tasting Notes: The 2017 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyards is beautifully lifted and perfumed. Time in the glass brings out hints of game, smoke and licorice that add nuance to the bright red and purplish berry fruit, but the 2017 remains quite primary and also tight following its bottling two months before this tasting. In the early going, the 2017 comes across as elegant and wonderfully nuanced. I can’t wait to taste it with a bit more bottle age.