Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard (Alta Mesa Block)
28 months 90% neutral French barriques, 10% new French barriques
In the jungle there is an unseen beast that calmly waits and stalks its prey. It is serene, patient and deadly. Night after night, it noiselessly slips in and out of trees, across fallen rocks and branches, through underbrush and leaves. It’s victims, unwary of the danger, never suspect their lives are at their close, when abruptly they’re snapped and snuffed like a newly cold candle. As it paws its way toward new prey the warmth of the earth mixes with the exotic flora releasing scents of wild cherry, rare meat, black licorice, herbs de Provence and char. In the silence as the beast twitches it knocks loose handfuls of black berries, mountain strawberry and vanilla flowers. A new victim claimed, the night slowly regains its breath.
80% Alta Mesa Vineyard (Clone 369) Mourvedre 15% Alta Mesa Vineyard (Clone 4) Mourvedre, 5% Bien Nacido (Estrella Clone) Syrah
10 barrels made
Decant two hours plus and serve slightly below room temperature. Aging potential 6-10 years.