2016 Cattleya "Soberanes Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah (750ml)
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"I think one of the best Syrahs coming out of California today is the Soberanes Vineyard from Bibiana. Sporting a vibrant purple color as well La Landonne-like notes of currants, bacon fat, white pepper, and cedar, the 2016 hits the palate with full-bodied richness, awesome purity of fruit, and a huge finish. More dry-aged beef and assorted meatiness develop with time in the glass, and while it was aged in 100% new French oak, it’s absorbed every trace of it. It’s an awesome Syrah to drink over the coming 10-15 years. Cattleya is the personal label of superstar winemaker Bibiana González Rave. Hailing from Medellín, Colombia, where she achieved a degree in chemical engineering (her father was an electrical engineer and her mother was in finance), Bibiana then earned a Technician of Viticulture and Oenology diploma in Angoulême, France, followed by a diploma of Oenology from the University of Bordeaux. She worked harvests in Bordeaux – at none other than Château Haut-Brion – as well as with Stéphane Ogier in Côte Rôtie and Domaine du Devevey in Burgundy. In addition, she worked in South Africa and with the likes of Peay, Au Bon Climat, Qupé and Lynmar in California. In addition to these Cattleya releases, Bibiana is also responsible for the Alma de Cattleya, Shared Notes (along with her husband, Jeff Pisoni), Wayfarer, and Luli wines in this report." 98 Points Jeb Dunnuck