Syrah, 'Bayo Oscuro', Kingston Family Vineyards
Varietal Composition: 100% Syrah
Vine Age: 20 years
Production: 156 cases
Elevage: 13 months in French oak
Bayo Oscuro is always intended to be our “best foot forward” for Syrah. Some years that means the ripest wine, other years, the most elegant and aromatic. It’s the most special wine, and what makes it special changes every year. Bayo Oscuro is not produced every vintage, but it is not necessarily the “best” years that warrant bottling a Bayo Oscuro. In 2010 and 2011, when the winery chose not to bottle this cuvée, it wasn’t that the Syrah wines were weak. Rather, the lots were all so uniformly good that none stood out. 2012 was also a good year, but there is greater diversity among the various Syrah lots; enough so that a small and distinctive blend was able to be put together as Bayo Oscuro.
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The Bayo is a step up in ripeness and generosity from the Lucero, a bit more generous on the palate and finer in the aromas. Aromas of India ink and dark chocolate are more prominent here than in the Lucero. While the Bayo is a bit chewier than the Lucero on the palate, it is still quite refined. Dense but not tannic. Like always, a bit of air really helps this wine open up.