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Rancho Sisqouc Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast - Editor's Choice
In 2014 some of our vineyards that have historically produced big, robust wines, actually gave us cuvees that were much more on the delicate side of the spectrum. Upper Crust was not one of these vineyards. Ever since I started working with this very special block of Syrah out on the McMurray Bench at Rancho Sisquoc, the wines have seemingly gotten intrinsically deeper every year. Just when I thought it must be maxed out, 2014 comes along. Its nose shows layers of fruit that have literally swallowed the 50% new oak that we put into it. On the mid palette the wine starts to feel a bit like chocolate; thick, rich, and a little dusty. Trying to describe it in words does not do it justice. There is quite a bit of Syrah at this point in Santa Barbara County. Since I am not a deeply steeped Rhone guy, there is a lot of it that I have not explored. But if this vineyard doesn’t produce some of the most dramatic Syrah out there, I would love for someone to show me the vineyard that does.
100% Syrah, McMurray Bench at Rancho Sisquoc, Santa Maria Valley