95 Points - limited
Buoncristiani is one of our favorite small family-owned wineries and their Syrah is off-the-charts delicious.
The Buoncristiani 2010 Syrah blend was handcrafted from small lots harvested exclusively from the Caldwell, Stagecoach and Hyde Vineyards. The Buoncristiani brothers created the series “Artistico” to fuse winemaking passion with other forms of art expression. The label features original artwork to complement the blend for each vintage. Easily one of our favorite California Syrahs.
A fantastic new Napa Red discovery - highly recommended while this small-production gem is still available.
93 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Red Blend O.P.C. checks in as a blend of 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Syrah, 20% Malbec, 12% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot brought up in 60% new French oak. It has a complex, nuanced style in its mulled plums, black tea, peppery herbs, and orange blossom aroma and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, rich and beautifully textured on the palate, with ripe, mouthcoating tannins, it's another terrific 2017 from this team that will evolve for a solid 10-15 years, that is, if you can keep your hands off bottles."
92 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The 2017 Red Blend O.P.C., Buoncristiani's Syrah- and Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend, is a supple, forward wine that will drink well with minimal cellaring. The tannins are a bit stern today, but time in the bottle should take care of that"
92+ Points Robert Parker: "The 2017 O.P.C. Red Blend is blended of 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Syrah, 20% Malbec, 12% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it has black raspberries, warm plums and boysenberries with hints of mocha, anise, black pepper and tar. The palate is full-bodied, rich, soft and plush with loads of spicy sparks and a long, peppery finish."
previous vintage 95 points (Editors’ Choice) Wine Enthusiast: "Just gorgeous. Floods the mouth with decadent black currant, cherry, chocolate, anise, beef jerky and smoky oak flavors that stun for their addictive deliciousness. Yet it is perfectly dry, and the balance of rich, ripe tannins, acidity and smoky oak is near perfect. The wine is a blend of Bordeaux varieties and Syrah, from esteemed vineyards including Hyde, Stagecoach and Caldwell."
The young Buoncristiani brothers have harnessed their shared passion for creating handcrafted, premium wines and have quickly created a buzz about the brand. Their family winery in the Napa Valley has turned out a Proprietary Red that has been knocking off more famous names in a variety of comparative tastings, including labels that fetch more than three times its price!