Winemaker: Matt Dees
AVA: Santa Barbara County
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon: 50%, Merlot: 20%, Cabernet Franc: 20%, Petit Verdot: 10%
Barrel Aging: Aged in French oak (35% new and 65% neutral) for 11 months. Coopers include D&J, Francois Frères, and Remond.
Bottled: Unfined and Unfiltered
Tasting Notes: Utterly fascinating nose mixing lifted black fruit, savory green herbs and dark notes of grilled bread, espresso and anise. Fills the palate with bright red fruit and black plum. A constant play between sweet and savory. Gentle and dusty tannins lead the way into an incredibly long and precise finish. Mulberry sweetness and a wonderful tension between tannic structure and bright acidity. Balanced and refined, a study in elegance