THE XO SYRAH

Named in honor of “The Executive Officer,” who is second in command on a Naval ship, The XO also pays homage to our X Block. The first Syrah planted in cool-climate California, the X Block is still considered a visionary choice in Santa Barbara. Far before anyone believed Syrah could ripen, The Miller Family grafted some Syrah in 1987. To everyone’s surprise, this small portion of Syrah excelled. Today it is one of Bien Nacido’s most valued blocks. The Estate X Block rows always have very shot berries, which leads to a very concentrated black color. Within this inky black wine, elements of espresso, meat and sage draw you in. The XO represents the third Pillar of Bien Nacido. In some vintages, as little as 44 cases are produced. This wine does not have any Viognier as part of the fermentation, and is often foot treaded in small 1 ton fermenters. 18 months spent in 25% new French Oak rounds off the tight grained tannins.

Vineyard Sites

Estate: Bien Nacido Vineyard
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
County: Santa Barbara
Vyd Area: 700 Ft. Elevation. Vines Face Directly South. 16 Miles From The Pacific Ocean.

Varietal

100% Syrah Estrella

Vine Age

Planted In 1973

Yield

2.1 tons/acre

Alcohol

13.0%

Cases

122

Points

96 Points - Vinous
95 Points - Wine Enthusiast
93+ Points - Wine Advocate
93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

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96 Points - Vinous
95 Points - Wine Enthusiast
93+ Points - Wine Advocate
93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

Soils

Monterey shaly loams. This comes from the own rooted original planting in 1973.