2019 Red Table Wine "Backroads"
Santa Barbara County
It is along the backroads of Santa Barbara County that I have found the vineyards that have given rise to my most spectacular wines. In the process of making those wines, there are a number of occasions when less than 100% of their volume in barrels can be captured unfiltered with perfect clarity. When the 5% of cloudy wine that is left can be blended and filtered, then for me, it's time to honor those vineyards by collecting that wine and putting it in a bottle. This 2nd vintage blend answers the question, how beautiful can an androgynous kitchen sink be? It’s a seductive interplay between the power that comes out of the Syrah, Cabernet, and Petit Verdot in my cellar, along with the earth and spice from the dregs of all my Pinot, Grenache and Carignan . . . a (not so) little wine that continues to be a crazy good value.