2009 "THE ADVERSARY"
Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara Highlands VIneyard, Alta Mesa Block
28 months in 80% neutral French barriques, 20% second fill French barriques
A brooding, concentrated effort the 2009 Adversary opens with rustic scents of Spanish chorizo, blackberry jam, fresh tilled soil, cedar and campfires at dusk. The palate is pure and focused with flavors of cherry skin, fresh fig, herbs de Provence, and hookah tobacco with rocky tannins that reach as far as the eye can see. Enjoy at the edge of a windswept summer cliffside as the sun passes behind the hills.
Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard (65% Clone 4 Mourvedre, 28% Clone 369 Mourvedre, 7% 99 Clone Syrah)
125 cases made
Decant, Decant, Decant for 3 hours plus. Serve slightly below room temperature. Aging potential is 9-12 years.