94 Points - rare release
An under-the-radar cult Syrah from Santa Barbara - limited.
94+ Points Robert Parker: "The 2017 Syrah Arroyo Grande Valley Rim Rock Vineyard was tasted as a finished barrel sample three weeks before bottling. It has a medium to deep ruby-purple color and opens with crushed stone and graphite to begin, fleshing out to olive, peppered meats, crushed blueberries, warm black cherries and blackberry pie with tinges of warm chocolate and licorice. Big, full and intense in the mouth, it's very serious, mineral and sanguine, with pleasantly chewy tannins and well-knit freshness, finishing long and minerally. This will be released in the spring of 2020.
...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. "