The Le Mistral Vineyard is one of California’s hidden gems. Located just south of King City in the sandy Salinas Valley, this Syrah comes from select rows, at the highest peak in the vineyard. This wine reveals rich blue and black fruit along with some old world earthy tones and a luxurious mouthfeel dominated by chewy tannins. Quite simply, this is an outrageously delicious Syrah. 94pts from Wine Enthusiast. Aged in French oak for 18 months. 149 cases produced.
We were referred to Baker & Brain by a customer in Chicago who insisted they would be a perfect addition to the Winestyr portfolio. After speaking with Melanie Brain and tasting their wines, it was clear why. Not only is the quality of product very much present in their offerings, Melanie and the others behind their production are the type of people you want to know. Down to earth and passionate about what they do, and how they do it, I could easily see myself completely losing track of time during a relaxed sampling of their outstanding wines accompanied by easy conversation.
Baker & Brain is a perfect example of the type of producer we had in mind when we started Winestyr. Conceived over a campfire and a flask of whiskey, this winery led by Josh Baker and Matt Brain is proud of their passionate commitment to what they call "maximum attention - minimum intervention." Due to their small production, each wine receives the utmost care in its creation, all while the winemakers apply minimal processing of the grapes so as to allow nature to run its course in producing amazing wines. In addition to producing outstanding, passion filled craft wines, Baker & Brain is also proud to boast that they are produced at a winery where 100% of all waste is recycled and all the power comes from the sun!More from this winery
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