Kingston Family 'Lucero' Syrah 2018
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James Suckling 93
" This shows lots of dried meat and game to the purple fruit. Medium body, fine tannins and juicy, savory flavors. Smoky finish with a hint of bitterness. Drink or hold."

Vinous Media 91
"A Syrah from Casablanca, aged in 15% new 400-liter barrels. Clear, tantalizing notes of balsam, rosemary and bay leaf and a hint of bacon on the nose, and a lengthy, bold aftertaste. - Joaquín Hidalgo"

The Wine
Varietal Composition: 100% Syrah
Vine Age: ... read more
This is a red wine
Item ID: #41195
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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James Suckling 93
" This shows lots of dried meat and game to the purple fruit. Medium body, fine tannins and juicy, savory flavors. Smoky finish with a hint of bitterness. Drink or hold."

Vinous Media 91
"A Syrah from Casablanca, aged in 15% new 400-liter barrels. Clear, tantalizing notes of balsam, rosemary and bay leaf and a hint of bacon on the nose, and a lengthy, bold aftertaste. - Joaquín Hidalgo"

The Wine
Varietal Composition: 100% Syrah
Vine Age: 20 years
Production: 988 cases
Elevage: 13 months in French oak
ABV: 14%

“I’ve been working with Syrah at Kingston since 2003. Since that first vintage, I have been impressed with the potential of the grape on the granitic soils of the vineyard, but also recognized from very early on that the Casablanca climate is cool enough to make Syrah a pretty marginal ripening prospect every year. Because of this, the wine is always the most “serious” of the reds we make at KFV, and although the Lucero is intended to be fun and not too serious, it often seems to be a little moody. Kind of the opposite of fruity and forward, it can be earthy, slightly wild, edgy. Not “safe,” if you get my drift.

As the vines mature, the wines have become more expressive aromatically. More about spice, herbs, meat and flowers (I know that sounds like a strange combination); able, in my opinion, to deliver the goods with less adornment—less new oak, lighter extraction. The better the fruit, the less you need to manipulate it. I am speaking relatively, of course; the vines are still young, and the best wines are still in the future. But we are getting there.” –Byron Kosuge, Consulting Winemaker

The Estate
Kingston Family Vineyards specializes in small production Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc from hillside vineyards located in the far western reaches of the Casablanca Valley. First planted in 1998, the vineyards occupy 200 acres on a northern facing hillside within the greater Kingston Family estate. The soil is predominately red clay loam with decomposed granite, and it has excellent drainage and low fertility; several of the most promising selections of Pinot Noir and Syrah are planted on their own roots. Kingston Family Vineyards combines Californian knowledge of modern vineyard design and winemaking with a traditional, artisanal approach in order to produce the finest wine possible, with Amael Orrego as head winemaker and Byron Kosuge as consulting winemaker.

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Kingston FamilyKingston Family Vineyards specializes in small production Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc from hillside vineyards located in the far western reaches of the Casablanca Valley. First planted in 1998, the vineyards occupy 200 acres on a northern facing hillside within the greater Kingston Family estate. The soil is predominately red clay loam with decomposed granite, and it has excellent drainage and low fertility; several of the most promising selections of Pinot Noir and Syrah are planted on their own roots. Kingston Family Vineyards combines Californian knowledge of modern vineyard design and winemaking with a traditional, artisanal approach in order to produce the finest wine possible, with Byron Kosuge as head winemaker.

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