2017 Peake Ranch Bellis Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard Syrah/Grenache

Year: 2017
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 90
Vinous Media: 94
Jeb Dunnuck: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Light-footed and savory, with appealing raspberry, grilled anise and pepper flavors that finish with fine-grained tannins. Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2027. 300 cases made. -TF" (WS)

"The 2017 Bellis Noir John Sebatiano Vineyard is a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache. Inky, textured and wonderfully plush, the 2017 is also remarkably vivid and pulsing with energy. Menthol, spice and plum open up in the glass, but the 2017 remains a touch reticent because of its recent bottling. Even so, it is a terrific wine. With a bit of air, its creamy, expansive personality really comes through nicely." (VM)

"A 60/40 split of Syrah and Grenache that's from the Estate and John Sebastiano Vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills, aged 18 months in 50% new oak, the 2017 Bellis Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard sports a borderline opaque, purple color as well as a ripe, sexy style in its black raspberries, melted licorice, ground pepper, and gamey aromas and flavors. Rich, full-bodied, and loaded with fruit, it delivers loads of pleasure while staying balanced, classy, and pure. It's another awesome wine from this team.

An up and coming estate readers need to check out is John and Gillian Wagner’s Peake Ranch. Located on the eastern/southern side of the Sta. Rita Hills, they produce a stunning array of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrahs. Prices haven’t caught up with quality, so these are still screaming values." (JD)

"Editors' Choice, Though from an appellation prized for Pinot Noir, it may be the Rhône grapes that make Peake Ranch famous. This blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache is snappy on the nose with black raspberry sorbet, fennel and cola spice. The palate captures the freshness of boysenberry pie and hibiscus while also delivering richer baking-spice flavors. -Matt Kettmann" (WE)

Winery Notes:
An homage to Daisy, our beloved winery dog. Daisy is a huge part of the family, as well as the entire Peake Ranch team. As for the name, Bellis means Bella in Latin, with Noir representing the red, dark qualities of this wine. Bellis Noir is a blend that combines the brightness of Grenache and brooding aspect of Syrah, resulting in a wine showing intricate fruit notes of acai and blue fruits. The cool climate contributes to an herbal tone, with fennel, dill and peppermint surfacing on the palate. An ample, round and solid tannic core provides for a long, satisfying finish.