2020 Railsback Frères ''Cuvée Spéciale" Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah, Santa Maria Valley, California, USA

Juicy and earth-driven with concentrated flavors of red and black fruits, tobacco, potting soil, and smoked meats lead to a lasting and herb-driven finish. Sip chilled with all things grilled.



Inspired by their Northern Rhone heroes, this is almost entirely whole cluster fermentation with no sulfur added. Fruit is sourced from steepest block of Bien Nacido vineyard. The wine was aged for 17 months in neutral French oak barrels. Bottling was done without fining or filtration.


Railsback Frères began as a rosé project in 2014 by brothers Lyle and Eric Railsback, who call their rosé “Les Rascasses” (scorpion fish in French) as an homage to Lulu Peyraud. Lulu was the proprietress of Domaine Tempier in Bandol, maker of their favorite rosé in Provence. Lyle did National Sales for legendary French importer Kermit Lynch for twelve years before leaving to focus on this Santa Ynez project. His brother Eric started Lieu Dit wines in Santa Barbara, inspired by wines of the Loire valley, and owns Verve Wine in NYC and San Francisco.

“Eric approached me when he found access to some Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault in Santa Ynez,” says Lyle Railsback, “and we produced our first rosé with the ‘original recipe’ of Bandol: direct-to-press, vinified and aged in old wood, and with malolactic completed. Two years later we partnered with Presqu’ile Winery in Santa Maria, where we now make the wines using only wild, native yeast fermentation. In addition to our dry rosé, we also now make small lots of other Southern French grape varieties, including Vermentino, Carbonic Carignan (à la Maxime Magnon in Corbières), an inky red Mourvèdre, and Syrah from Bien Nacido that’s made entirely without the use of SO2.”


Grape(s) Syrah
Farming Sustainable