2009 "THE OFFERING"
Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara Highlands, Alta Mesa, Los Tres Burros, Larner, Rancho Arroyo Grande, Bien Nacido, Derby, Alta Colina
22 months in barrel. 14% new oak, 23% second fill oak, 63% neutral oak; all French.
15% Whole-Cluster Fermentation
Always complex and skewed towards the dark and earthen, this vintage of The Offering shows aromas of spicy charred sausage, blackberries, caramel bar, espresso roast, toasted hazelnuts and saddle leather. Additional flavors of raspberry coulis, warmed bay leaf, black licorice, chili powder and pink peppercorns join to make a complex wine, spanning the diversity of flavors from both the Northern and Southern Rhone Valley.
67 barrels made.
42% Grenache, 31% Syrah, 25% Mouvedre and 2% Viognier
Decant for 2 hours and serve just below room temperature. Aging potential is 6-10 years.