Soberanes Syrah — Vineyard Designate

Cattleya Soberanes Vineyard Syrah – 2016

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Cattleya Wines are the result of a deep and long love story between my soul and wine. I am Bibiana — born and raised in Columbia, trained as a winemaker in France and now growing roots in Sonoma county. All Cattleya wines are made with fruit sourced from beautiful sites, farmed by the greatest viticulturists and talented crews. My ultimate goal is to make wines with soul and character that are unique representatives of their terroir. My wine philosophy is simple: To produce unique wines of extreme purity, power and finesse. Cattleya is my life’s work.

Vineyard Notes

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.

Winemaking Notes

The fruit was night harvested on September 26th & 27th. 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 – over 70% new French oak having three to five years of air-drying on the staves. Coopering details and toast levels are specifically chosen for this single vineyard wine.

Critic’s tasting note

I think one of the best Syrahs coming out of California today is the Soberanes Vineyard from Bibiana. Sporting a vibrant purple color as well La Landonne-like notes of currants, bacon fat, white pepper, and cedar, the 2016 hits the palate with full-bodied richness, awesome purity of fruit, and a huge finish. More dry-aged beef and assorted meatiness develop with time in the glass…It’s an awesome Syrah to drink over the coming 10-15 years.

—Jeb Dunnuck,


Soberanes Syrah Tasting Notes

2016 by the numbers

Aging: 70% New Oak
Alc: 14.2% vol.
pH: 3.53
TA: 7.3 g/l
Production: 65 cases