2018 LEDGE Bien Nacido Vineyard
Bien Nacido Estate
2018 Bien Nacido Vineyard, Block 11 Estrella Clone Syrah
Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County
95-97+pts. -Jeb Dunnuck
Dark, bright-rimmed purple. An assertively perfumed bouquet evokes fresh, mineral- and spice-driven black/blue fruits, candied violet, olive, smoked meat and incense. Stains the palate with powerful bitter cherry, blackberry, dark chocolate and floral pastille flavors that show wonderful definition and spicy back-end cut. Polished, well-knit tannins add shape to an extremely long, gently chewy finish that shows serious power and mineral drive.