In a recent side-by-side tasting it beat out 4 other Syrahs – Carlisle “Sierra Mar” (94 RP), Alban Patrina (94 RP), Betz “Serenne” (96 RP), Ojai “Roll Ranch” (4 RP) and Buoncristiani. The Winner = Buoncristiani!
Buoncristiani 2012 “Artistico” Syrah, Napa Valley
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The Buoncristiani 2012 Syrah was sourced from two of Napa Valley’s best vineyards The 2012 blend was handcrafted from small lots harvested exclusively from the Buoncristiani block 1800 ft above sea level at Stagecoach Vineyards, and Larry Hyde’s Hyde Las Trancas Vineyard in Napa. Sourcing and blending Syrah from these ultra premium vineyards helps them create a profile of uncompromising quality.
Tasting Notes: Amazing Wine! On the nose find wild blackberry, violet, blueberry, dark chocolate, white pepper, exotic spice, bright fruit and the Buoncristiani signatures of balance, depth on the mid palate, and a lengthy persistent finish. Seventeen months aging in 40% new French oak barrels rounded out the palate even further, while adding more texture, aroma, and flavor components. The Buoncristiani brothers created the series “Artistico” to fuse winemaking passion with other forms of art expression. The different vineyard and barrel components are blended in several phases creating optimum complexity while retaining balance, varietal character, and superior quality.
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