X/XI/XII "TRANSCENDENTALIST" Magnum
Santa Barbara County
20% 2010 - 34 months in neutral French barriques; 65% 2011 - 22 months in 20% new French barriques, 80% neutral French barriques; 15% 2012 - 10 months in 50% new French barriques, 50% neutral French barriques
Fermented in open top fermentors receiving punchdowns and pumpovers as needed
The ship splintered between the waves. And like that, you were in the water, clutching at broken cargo, trying to hold on. In the moonless night it is impossible to tell sea from sky. You are lost, now without ship. This is your first voyage. As the storm settles, stars begin to shine through, and the pieces of the wreck accumulate in your vision. The smell of pitch, cracked cherry wood, adobo spiced smoke, coffee berry, and blackberry all emerge. The shipment of exotic spice is lost. You dip your hand into the surf and pull out cardamon pods, a bit of rum barrel, peppercorns and a tin box containing a paper wrapped orange spice cake. The sun begins shaking the night, while you cautiously nibble the cake, holding on and waiting.
Larner (Syrah), Laetitia (Les Galets block Syrah), Rancho Arroyo Grande (Syrah & Mourvedre), Bien Nacido (Syrah), Alamo Creek (Grenache), Saarloos (Grenache), Alta Mesa (Mourvedre)
67% Syrah, 22% Grenache, 11% Mourvedre
23 Barrels Made
Decant 3-4 hours, serve slightly below room temperature (60-65F) . Aging potential 8-10 years.