The Santa Lucia Highlands AVA lies along the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range in Monterey County.
The Soberanes Vineyard is a site planted and farmed exclusively by the Pisoni & Franscioni families of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Tradition and excellence are built into its name and practices. Named after José María Soberanes, part of the famed Portolá expedition of 1769, the vineyard is meticulously farmed and thrives in the cool climate of fog and wind from Monterey Bay. The expression of Syrah on this site is one of beauty and finesse.
The winemaking process
The fruit was night harvested on September 26th. After a few days of cold-soaking with 45% of the whole cluster, the grapes began a native fermentation. Punch downs alternating with pump overs during the heat of the fermentation allowed for a fine balance of tannin, color and flavor extraction. After 25 days of fermentation, the wine was sent to barrel — 63% new French oak having three to four years of air-drying on the staves. Coopering details and toast levels are specifically chosen for this single vineyard cuvée.
Critics’ tasting notes
Possessing a touch of La Mouline-like violet and floral characteristics, the utterly sensational 2014 Syrah Soberanes Vineyard offers decadent notes of jammy blackberries, creme de cassis, vanilla bean, damp earth and pepper to go with a full-bodied, layered, beautifully pure and seamless style on the palate. It has a wealth of fruit, yet it also has a great mid-palate, building, chalky tannin and a terrific finish. This gorgeous effort has both richness and elegance, and will drink well for a decade or more. Pure class.
97 points —Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Vivid purple. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes fresh, spice-laced black and blue fruits, incense, candied violet and vanilla. Stains the palate with intense black raspberry, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors that are given spine and cut by a jolt of smoky minerality. Deeply concentrated yet graceful, finishing with outstanding focus and steadily building, velvety tannins.
94 Points —Josh Raynolds, Vinous
The nose is bright and lavish black fruit, ground pepper, bread dough, spun sugar, violet, plum and raw meat. The palate is saturated dark berry, firm acidity with a backbone of piquant red and black berry with notes of herb. Drink 2016-2013.
93 Points —Doug Wilder, Purely Domestic Wine Report
Enjoy now to 2030.