Santa Barbara County
22 months in French Oak. 18% new puncheons,18% neutral Puncheons, 4% new barriques, 11% second fill barriques and 49% neutral barriques.
20-30% whole cluster
The cannonball was heavy. It took all your effort to load it into this iron muzzle. All there is to do now is take aim over the blackberry bushes, cinnamon trees, the fields of drying oolong and hopefully make impact on the wall of the fruit cellar. The crumpled marble mixes with the smashed jars of cherry preserves, clove spiced strawberries and cured meats. The bounty is now for you and your kin. Let the Saturnalia begin!
Alta Mesa Vineyard (Grenache & Mourvedre), Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard (Grenache & Mourvedre), Larner Vineyard (Grenache & Syrah), Bien Nacido (Syrah & Viognier), White Hawk (Syrah), Laetitia (Syrah), Alta Colina (Grenache & Mourvedre), Watch Hill (Syrah)
45% Grenache, 36% Syrah, 18% Mourvedre, 1% Viognier
Decant 3-4 hours, serve slightly above cellar temperature (60F). Aging potential 7-10 years.