Cooler climate Santa Barbara is becoming more and more of an obsession of mine. I find myself constantly reaching to drink wines from these rocky sites and marginal climates. The name most integral to this array of labels is Sashi Moorman. Although his Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Gamay is among my favorites, it's his oldest home label, Piedrasassi, that offers the most downright delicious and complex reflection of Syrah.

Today, I'm very happy to offer three Syrahs from Piedrasassi that showcase precicely why cooler climate Santa Barbara is so exhilirating right now.

Piedrasassi's Syrahs follow a tightrope of harnessing savory, bright, and superior aromatics, while never shying away from the innate luscious qualities that California endows to the grape. Sashi follows surgical-like protocol to vinify and age as naturally as possible, excluding sulphur at fermentation and only utilizing native yeasts.

Whole cluster inclusion and aging in larger 500-liter barrels ensure the lively, crushed rock virtues that makes Northern Rhone Syrah so unique aren't lost here in Santa Barbara. When I pour Syrah I'm always open to new discoveries, but for some things I'm just not game. Candied fruit and milk chocolate tones that mar much of the California Syrah I taste is just a non-starter. What I love about Piedrasassi is each wine, regardless of price point, nails the roasted meat, violet, and black pepper trifecta I crave. 

Sashi's single vineyard designate bottlings from Bien Nacido and Rim Rock are examples of how Syrah can continually develop in bottle over many years. And, the Santa Barbara County designate is pound-for-pound one of the great American wines to pop-n-pour tonight for every personal palate you know.


2016 Piedrasassi "PS" Santa Barbara County Syrah
$25 per bottle.

2014 Piedrasassi Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah 
$39 per bottle.

2013 Piedrasassi Rim Rock Vineyard Syrah
$64 per bottle.

Special E-mail 3-Pack Pricing: $117 (Regularly $128)
(1 bottle of each Syrah)