2011 Syrah, Bassetti Vineyard, $80

2011 Syrah, Bassetti Vineyard, $80

"The 2011 Syrah Bassetti Vineyard is going to be a fascinating wine to follow next to the superb 2010 as both develop in bottle. From a much cooler vintage, the 2011 is distinctly savory, floral and delineated, with perhaps a little more energy than the 2010. At the same time, the 2011 is going to need at least a few years in bottle to absorb the 50% new barrels used in this vintage. Rosemary, rose petals and sage linger on the impeccable finish." 

92-94 pts- Antonio Galloni

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Susie and Ellis Bassetti live in a special place tucked in a small valley a mere 4 miles from the ocean. Their farm is abundant in fruit trees, native plants along with a plethora of plants from around the world that Susie uses for her dried floral business. The 9 acres of Syrah are planted on granite and serpentine. A long, cool growing season brings fruit that is so different than our west Paso plots.

Aromas are reminiscent of the Northern Rhone with white flowers, sweet olive tapenade and rocks intermingled with smoked chilies. The palate is lively and welcoming with notes of geranium, black fruits, and smoked meats. This wine screams Cote-Rotie with a slightly richer palate. Not a pop and pour wine, we recommend a good decant. Give it a few years in the cellar for maximum enjoyment. Drink 2015-2025

Vintage 2011
Varietal Shiraz
Appellation Paso Robles
Vineyard Designation Bassetti Vineyard
Alcohol % 15
Vinous / Antonio Galloni 94