We have been offering out too many light-bodied wines as of late, it’s time to take it up a notch! Today we have a full-bodied domestic Syrah, from the Syrah specialist Piedrasassi, that will satisfy those cravings for a dense, chewy wine. Piedrasassi’s PS is a blend from a bunch of their holdings, so, the wine comes in at a very affordable price. If you enjoy full-bodied wines you will be hard-pressed to beat what this wine has to offer for only $19.97.
The focus of Piedrasassi’s wine program is cool-climate Syrah. Sashi & Melissa believe that good Syrah can be made at many sites in Santa Barbara County, but it is at the cool climate sites that Syrah is at its most compelling; producing the most complex aromas and the most savory textures. The vineyard sites for Piedrasassi range from Ballard Canyon in the east to the Santa Rita Hills and Arroyo Grande in the west.
In the vineyard, the team at Piedrasassi picks a bit earlier than their colleagues to keep the alcohol levels in balance with flavor and to preserve the natural acidity of the fruit. In the winery, Moorman employs some whole cluster inclusion, indigenous yeast fermentation, and no sulfur added at fermentation, remaining as natural as possible without compromising the integrity of the wine. Elevage is in 500L barrels to limit the wine’s exposure to oxygen and to minimize the influence of oak. They add the smallest amount of sulfur to the wine at bottling; allowing the aromatics to stay expressive while still protecting the wine during cellaring. The result, in all of these bottlings, is Syrah that shows off the different sites through aromas that bloom and evolve in the glass and tannins that grip and engage the palate.
Piedrasassi PS Santa Barbara County Syrah 2018
Shelf Price $21.99
Sale Price $19.97
92 pts Vinous
The 2018 Syrah (Santa Barbara County) PS is juicy, bold and flat-out delicious. A burst of sweet blue/purplish fruit opens first, followed by a range of floral and savory notes that add complexity. A touch of whole cluster perfume comes through, with hints of lavender, sage, mint and black pepper that develop in the glass. Readers who want to explore the Piedrasassi range will find so much to like here. Best of all, the 2018 is a screaming value.