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8 Wines from 13 Grape Varieties

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ONX WinesNoble Intrigue

A long, cool 2018 growing season in a cool climate meant an extreme amount of hang time for this Syrah from Bien Nacido Vineyards in Santa Maria Valley. This long hang time meant ample development of aromas and flavors and the ability to utlize a fair bit of stems during fermentation, which provides added structure and an earthy complexity to an already disinct and terroir driven wine. Aromas of savory oregano salami, baked bacon and fennel propel both a fatty savoriness and earthiness into the senses as a leathery tone of pomegranate and black currants provide added sweetness in the background. The entry is rife with angular tannins and a piercing acidity that obtunds the senses before a cascade of leafy green tobacco, soppressata, and cracked black pepper emerge on the mid-palate. Mild in fruit expression but deeply layered and dense, precise tannins carry the wine through the finish with added flavors of cassis and savory chanterelle mushroom.