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Piedrasassi 2014 Rim Rock Syrah, Santa Barbara

93 Points - rare release                             
An under-the-radar cult Syrah from Santa Barbara - limited.

previous vintage 95 Points Robert Parker:  "Another compelling, layered, nuanced, yet rich and concentrated Syrah, Sashi's Syrah Rimrock has everything you could want from a Central Coast Syrah. Giving up tons of black raspberry, crushed flowers, bacon fat and olive tapenade-like aromas and flavors, it's full-bodied, concentrated and lively, with a tight, balanced and lengthy vibe on the palate. Shining for both its purity of fruit and its textural richness, it should shine on release and have 10-12 years of overall longevity.."

Sashi Moorman is best known for the wines he makes at Stolpman and Evening Land, but the wines from his own Piedrasassi label are just as impressive. I also tasted a few older wines, including the 2003 Syrah, which remains an infant and attests to the ageworthiness of Syrah from selected sites in Santa Barbara County. "