Railsback Freres, Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah “Sans Soufre” 2018Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
The story of two brothers: even while still in high school, Eric was already collecting bottles of prized top dollar Burgundy and Chablis, hiding them under his bed when he started college. Lyle’s quest for knowledge landed him in Austria where he met one of his most important friends in the industry, sommelier Rajat Parr. After a decade of restaurant work, Eric returned to Santa Barbara to start his own project, Lieu Dit, inspired by the Loire. Older brother Lyle had also worn many hats in the industry, ultimately landing a job for one of the most esteemed importers Kermit Lynch, leading regional sales. After leading separate lives for some time, the brothers both felt a calling to merge their two paths, which is how Railsback Frères came to be born.
The Railsback brothers continue their love for French varieties in this northern Rhone inspired bottle. This Syrah comes from the steepest block of the Bien Nacido vineyard in the heart of the Santa Maria Valley. Even though the site is celebrated for Pinot Noir, the brothers were more excited at the prospect of growing Syrah there. As a Rhone Syrah would be made, this one goes through mostly whole cluster fermentation to give the wine more grip and all around texture. This is bottled “Sans Soufre,” meaning without the addition of sulfur. It will age for 17 months in neutral French oak barrels. Just 207 cases were made.