This is a wine from the Clendenen Family’s organically certified ranch near Los Alamos, California. The Los Alamos Valley is situated between the cooler Santa Maria Valley appellation and warmer Santa Ynez Valley appellation. The wines from Los Alamos reflect the best of both regions showing an expressive fruit character, density, and full texture typical of the south (Santa Ynez) combined with the firm structure and finesse from the cooler northern area (Santa Maria).
This wine is low alcohol, very aromatic, and classically modeled. The Syrah and Viognier grapes were co-fermented, a style that is often seen in the Rhône region of France that takes the tannic, muscular Syrah and with the 10% addition of Viognier, gives it suppleness. Aging for approximately five years in 500 liter Hungarian oak puncheons provided additional complexity and subtle oak flavors. The aromas are quite floral, with green, white, and black pepper. In the mouth, the honeysuckle and peach Viognier notes intertwine with dense but soft purple fruit, hard spice, and earth from Syrah. As hot climate shiraz and stupid, sweet, short syrah recede in popularity, this wine is a beacon towards balance, elegance, and varietal integrity.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Score: 94 "The 2014 Syrah/Viognier Rancho La Cuna is a blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier aged three years in barrel. It has a medium ruby-purple color and a gorgeous perfume of menthol, fresh violets, crushed blackberries, garrigue and loam. The palate is medium-bodied and super fragrant with crunchy fruits and bright freshness, finishing long. It's a lovely cool-climate, perfumed style. Only 50 cases were made."