Cabernet Sauvignon "Block 15"
Santa Ynez Estelle Vineyard
At this point I truly believe that Block 15 at the Estelle Vineyard is the nicest little section of Cabernet Sauvignon in Santa Barbara County. I usually get an email or two every year from wine club members who sneak bottles of Block 15 into blind tastings with a bunch of Napa Cabs. The subject line usually reads something like "guess which wine was our favorite?!!!”, followed by a photo of an empty bottle of Block 15.
This year’s bottling sports the bold new label that Lisa has designed, and the wine has characteristics that make it comparable to some of the finest wines in Bordeaux. Heady, dense, cassis fruit defines the nose with spices that are in the realm of tobacco leaf, with a touch of ceder. Not for the faint of heart, it’s very rich on the palate, but should age really well with its ample, well placed tannins. The oak employed was French, with an emphasis on robust toasting, and there is a beautiful balance between firm structure and elegance.