Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard
28 months in 228 liter French barriques (85% neutral, 15% new oak)
14% whole cluster
A cedar plank picnic in a deep forgotten wood: cloistered, dense and dark: smoked chocolate cherry, clove roasted plum, braised short ribs, fresh milled lumber, bridle leather and meteorite. The evening draws close, shimmying a precise chill through your heirloom scarf and carrying a newly awakened sense of gaping wonder at the pure bell of starlight: cracked pink peppercorn, fall leaves, the spindle of waning fire and the scuttle of wild game through the forest.
84% Alta Mesa Clone 369 Mourvedre, 13% Alta Mesa Clone 4 Mourvedre, 3% Larner Vineyard Clone 174 Syrah
8 barrels made
Decant two hours plus and serve slightly below room temperature. Aging potential 6-10 years.