Wine Advocate Review
Deep ruby-purple and with 3% Viognier, the 2016 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard has a wonderful nose of dried violet, cracked green and black peppercorn, black olive, roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and a core packed to the gills with warm black and blue fruits. Full-bodied, it has tons of fruit and savory layers, with very firm, chewy tannins and just enough freshness to lift that impenetrable flavor through to the finish. Wowza! Drink now-2035.
VinoUS Media Review
The 2016 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard is terrific. Drops of co-fermented Viognier and 30% whole clusters give the Bien Nacido a striking upper register and layers of nuance. The 2016 is powerful, yet it also shows quite a bit of detail. More importantly, it is absolutely delicious. Drink 2021-2031. (Antonio Galloni)
Jeb Dunnuck Review
While this cuvée was previously always one of the most flamboyant and opulent in the lineup, today it's become a more classic example of Bien Nacido. The 2016 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard, which includes 3% Viognier and 30% stems, reveals a deep purple color as well as notes of black (and some blue) fruits, ground pepper, iron, ground pepper, and salty, earthy minerality. Rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced and layered, it has building tannins, good acidity, and a great finish. Give bottles 2-3 years and it will keep for 10-15 years. Maturity 2019-2034.
Wine Tasting Notes
Bien Nacido Vineyard gave us exceptional fruit in 2016. Moderate, consistent temperatures provided balance in the fruit as well as optimal ripeness. The resulting wine shows dark fruit aromatics, supported by anise and white pepper. Plum and wild berry integrate with Northern Rhône Syrah characteristics of cassis, tar, graphite and white pepper. This is a complex, bold wine that has a history of aging magnificently for up to 15 years and longer.