SITE Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyards 2018
The wines of Site come from grapes that have been sourced from the most distinctive vineyards in California. These sites promise wines that kindle our senses and intellect and leave a gut feeling of pleasure. I view each vintage with a fresh eye and an open mind. I don’t enforce a particular winemaking style but take an approach that’s nimble and dynamic and attuned solely to the vineyard and the vintage, not to a dogma.
Site purchases fruit from just 3 vineyards, Bien Nacido Vineyards (Syrah), Larner Vineyard (Syrah, Grenache and Viognier), and Stolpman Vineyards (Roussanne).
Site is managed by Jeremy Weintraub, who is winemaker at Adelaida Cellars in Paso Robles, CA. Before Adelaida, Jeremy was winemaker at Seavey Vineyard, in Napa Valley, and before that he had winemaking and grape-growing stints in Paso Robles, Santa Maria, Central Otago, Martinborough, Tuscany, and on Long Island.
Jeb Dunnuck – “The 2018 SITE Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyards was mostly destemmed (90%) and spent 18 months in 50% new French oak. It’s another inky hued effort that brings both richness and elegance. Lots of darker, briny fruits, smoked game, and black pepper notes give way to a medium to full-bodied wine that has silky yet present tannins, terrific balance, and a great finish. It’s going to evolve for 15 years or more.” (96 Pts)
Vinous – “The 2018 SITE Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyards is another fabulous wine in this range. Deep, inky and powerful, the 2018 possesses tremendous fruit intensity allied to soaring aromatics that give the wine so much presence. Lavender, mint, spice, new leather and chocolate are some of the many notes that build over time. The 2018 is impressive. That’s all there is to it. Like all these wines, the Bien Nacido Syrah is a big wine.” (94 Pts)
Wine Advocate – “Deep ruby purple, the 2018 SITE Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard features spicy blackberry preserves on the nose with pure accents of bay leaves, tar and garrigue, more savory nuances emerging with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, lifted and fresh, with grainy tannins and a juicy, floral finish.” (93 Pts)