(2010 Vintage) This wine is 100% Syrah from Bien Nacido Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley. Cool climate Syrah from a cool vintage, the aromas are classic Bien Nacido with a pronounced earth and game aspect, spicy, peppery, clove, nutmeg, dried raspberry and just enough of that thyme and sage character that comes from the stems. This is a fairly big wine but with balanced alcohol of 13.5%. A bit more tannic than the last few vintages but, with the fruit to back it up. Very enjoyable already (especially out of the half bottles), but could easily be put in the cellar for 10-15 years.