Sans Liege 2016 Offering, Santa Barbara County
Wine Spectator 94
Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Aging: 22 months in French oak: 20% new puncheons,17% neutral Puncheons, 5% new barriques, 25% second fill barriques & 33% neutral barriques.
Fermentation: 25% whole cluster
Alcohol %15.4Vineyard Notes: Grenache: Alta Colina, Santa Barbara Highlands - Alta Mesa, Derby, Larner, John Sebastiano // Syrah: John Sebastiano, Laetita, Larner, White Hawk, Zotovich // Mourvèdre: Alta Colina, Santa Barbara Highlands - Alta Mesa, Derby // Viognier: White Hawk
Winemaker Notes: 48% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 19% Mourvedre, 1% Viognier
Other Notes: Serving Recommendation: Decant 1+ hours, serve slightly above cellar temperature (60F) Aging Potential: 7-9 yearsTasting Notes: When you arrive the celebration is raging, much like the huge bonfire in the center of the crowd. You are met with scents of anise, mulling spices, kirsch and leather. A friend claps you on the back and hands you a bowl crafted from juniper proclaiming “wassail!” “Drink hail” you chorus with the rest of the group, taking a gulp and passing it on. Treats of olive tapenade and plums with cinnamon are shared as the merriment continues into the night.