Welcome! This is our Piedrasassi Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah review.
Piedrasassi Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah is a highly regarded wine produced by Piedrasassi Winery in California’s Santa Maria Valley AVA.
The winery was founded in 2003 by winemaker Sashi Moorman and sommelier Rajat Parr, who share a passion for producing wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Central Coast.
This particular Syrah is sourced from the Bien Nacido Vineyard, which is renowned for producing some of the best Syrah grapes in the region.
Find below our Piedrasassi Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah full review along with our food pairings recommendations, serving tips, curiosity, and where you can buy it.
Our Piedrasassi Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah Review
Piedrasassi Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah review: What's its color?
Piedrasassi Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah wine has a deep ruby color with purple hues.
It forms thick, slow-moving tears when swirled, indicating a high alcohol content and a full-bodied texture.
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What does Piedrasassi Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah taste like?
Piedrasassi Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah is made from Shiraz grapes.
Is Piedrasassi Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah sweet?
No, it’s not sweet. Piedrasassi Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah wine is a dry wine.
Dry wine contains less than 15 g/L.
Learn more about wine sweetness level here.
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Piedrasassi Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah is a bold wine with intense flavors, as such, we recommend to pair with equally strong flavor dishes.
Classic appetizers are veal ragu pasta, grilled vegetables, onions and mushroom dishes to name some.
Meat wise go for burgers, BBQ ribs, and lamb for example.
If you are a cheese lover our recommendations for you are semi-hard and blue cheeses like Cheddar and Gorgonzola for example.
Piedrasassi Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah review: What's its alcohol content?
Piedrasassi Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah wine’s alcohol content is 13%.
In case you wonder about alcohol content or more precisely Alcohol By Volume, i.e. ABV, measure the alcoholic strength of a drink.
There is a direct relationship between the sugar left in the wine after the alcoholic fermentation has taken place, i.e. Residual Sugar or RS, and ABV.
During alcoholic fermentation, the yeast transforms the sugar in the grape juice into alcohol.
Grapes with high residual sugar will therefore produce dry wine with a high ABV.
How many calories are in a glass of Piedrasassi Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah wine?
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture  a 5-ounce glass will contain about 120 to 130 calories.
Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram. So a wine with high ABV will have a higher calories per glass than a wine with low ABV.
Furthermore, sugar contributes to the calorie count.
A dry wine will usually have 4 calories per grams vs a sweet wine that will have around 20 calories per grams of carbs, which include sugar.
What is Piedrasassi Cellars?
Here is an extract from the Piedrasassi Cellars website:
“Piedrasassi cultivates grapes and grain in the Central Coast of California.
Through our bread and wine, we endeavor to tell the stories of this unique region and its people.
In the vineyards and fields, our family’s winery and bakery, we approach our work with a reverence for place and a responsible hand
—We seek to celebrate the innate beauty of each harvest.”
Its complex aroma, rich texture, and bold flavor profile make it a standout among Syrahs from the region.
Whether you’re a fan of Syrah or just starting to explore the world of California wines, Piedrasassi Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah is definitely worth trying.
It is an exceptional wine that would be perfect for special occasions, celebrations, or simply enjoying with a delicious meal.
Once you had it, we’d love to know your opinion, so reach out and let’s know what you think! Enjoy!
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Syrah/Shiraz.
Where does Syrah/Shiraz grow best?
Syrah/Shiraz gives its best in a moderate to cool climate, eg France: Rhône Valley. It is though as well cultivated in warm climates too, e.g. Australia.
When is the perfect time to drink Syrah/Shiraz?
If you have organized a BBQ or have been invited to one, Syrah/Shiraz is your best bet. It will complement perfectly with ribs, burgers, and any other braised or roasted meats.
What are the differences between Syrah vs Shiraz?
Syrah and Shiraz are two different names for the same grape that though produces different styles.
- Syrah is the name used in France and for the “Old World” wine style. It usually has higher acidity, higher tannins, herbaceous and earthy notes, moderate fruit components with tertiary smoke flavors.
- Shiraz is the name used in Australia and for the “New World” wine style. It usually is easier to drink with fewer tannins, higher in alcohol, intense black fruit aromas, with tertiary spice (black pepper) flavors.
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