Wine Advocate 94 - The 2014 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard was showing very well, offering up an expressive bouquet of violets, cracked pepper, dried flowers and crushed cassis. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, bright and intense, with chalky structuring tannins, lovely tangy acidity and a long, perfumed finish. Like its 2015 counterpart, this nods to the Northern Rhône in style, but it's a bit more open for inspection.
Wine Enthusiast 93 - Though this bottling still needs a year or so of patience to truly shine, it's a great example of cool-climate low-alcohol Syrah. Dark in the glass, it shows tar and lavender, but the core is like a black and blue pepper-crusted steak, with charred beef, raw beef and strong spice converging. The palate is all about raw meat, fresh-ground black peppercorn and squeaky tannins. Editors’ Choice
Jeb Dunnuck 93 - The 300-case 2014 Syrah Bien Nacido incorporates 4% Viognier and saw 40% stems followed by 18 months in mostly neutral barrels (25% new). It is a firm, cool -climate, structured Syrah that dishes up lots of black (some blue) fruits, pepper, charred earth and graphite. Medium to full-bodied, structured and lengthy, it needs 2-3 years of cellaring.