- Producer: Grace + Vine - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Dan Schuler-Jones
- Region (AVA): Ballard Canyon (Santa Barbara County)
- Blend: 100% Syrah
- Vintage production: 200 cases
- Winery location: Lompoc
- Owner: It's a secret!
- First vintage: 2014
- Drinking window: 2017-2022
About The Wine:
The wine is from an ‘underground’ producer called Grace + Vine, based in the Santa Ynez Valley, above Santa Barbara. It was co-founded by one our existing and closest contacts in the region who has put together a crack team of three professional wine sellers and one winemaker, leveraging decades of experience, talent and above all, connections.
Together, they taste small lots of wine in barrel from some of California’s VERY top producers and choose the final barrels to blend 50-200 case individual cuvées, each strongly reflecting its native terroir. Their goal is to way, way over-deliver at the price. A “Ferrari Négociant at Vauxhall prices” as our friend puts it! Needless to say, part of their deal with each winery is that they will never disclose their sources whose wines generally sell at 3-4 times the price!
We tasted the Grace + Vine Syrah 2014 earlier this year and leapt at the chance to bag an allocation. The fruit was all sourced from 2 spectacular vineyards in Ballard Canyon AVA (most famous for Sine Qua Non….!) that are renowned for consistently hitting mid- to high-90 point scores with Parker and Galloni. It spent 14 months in 100% French oak (33% new) and my tasting note is below.
Grace + Vine's wines are of the highest quality Santa Barbara County has to offer. Sourced from premier vineyards by some of the top and most lauded wine makers in the region, the team pride themselves on the unparalleled quality and value of their wines.
Grace + Vine Syrah 2014
"I was able to taste, the 2014 Grace + Vine Syrah Lot 2 offers an interesting bouquet of red plum, peach, menthol and assorted floral notes. I'd almost guess it has a solid dash of Viognier given its exotic bouquet, and it's plush and layered on the palate, with no hard edges and sweet, present tannin. It's a charming, low acidity, and a total crowd pleaser that I'd happily drink over the coming 4-5 years."
91 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Feb. 2017)