2014 "THE OFFERING"
Santa Barbara County
22 months in all French Oak: 18% new puncheons, 18% neutral Puncheons, 4% new barriques, 11% second fill barriques and 49% neutral barriques
20-30% whole cluster
Running through the kitchen you eye the blueberry pie, steam still rising, on the window sill. Your mom sees the mischievous look in your eye and shoos you away with her dish towel. The pie’s scent mixes with the aromas of rainbow peppercorn, tapenade and fresh picked strawberries which sit in a bowl on the table. With a screech the screen door slams and you pick up your Schwinn with the new tires and take off. Flying around the corner you get a whiff of the ocean and the seaweed drying on the sand only a few blocks away. You reach the hideout; your friends have already started the game - cards in hand and a pile of beef jerky & tootsie rolls on the table.
Grenache: Alta Mesa, Santa Barbara Highlands, Larner, Ballard Canyon, Alta Colina, John Sabastiano / Syrah: Bien Nacido, White Hawk, Laetitia, Watch Hill, Zotovich, John Sabastiano / Mourvèdre: Alta Mesa, Santa Barbara Highlands, Alta Colina / Viognier: Bien Nacido
47% Grenache, 33% Syrah, 19% Mourvedre, 1% Viognier
Serving Recommendation: Decant 3-4 hours, serve slightly above cellar temperature (60F) Aging Potential: 7-9 years