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My winemaking philosophy which I developed early on in my career is based on the concept that wine is a natural food. As such, the ultimate enjoyment of wine is as a graceful and harmonious accompaniment to a meal, whether it be simple or sublime.

While most of my wines are enjoyable by themselves, it is with food that they really shine, and reveal all of their nuances and textures. To me the best wines have the ability to bring out the best in the food they are paired with and conversely the food brings out the best in the wines.

2006 Evidence
Santa Barbara County

2006 Evidence

Technical Details

Composition:
36% Cabernet Franc – Alisos Vineyard
36% Cabernet Sauvignon – Estelle Vineyard
24% Merlot – Alisos Vineyard
4% Malbec – Barnwood Vineyard

Production: 136 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.6%
pH: 3.55
Titratable acidity: .67 g/100 ml.
Cellaring potential: 6-10 years
Bottle price: $42.00

The relatively mild growing season in 2006 allowed for a long maturation period for the grapes that went into this year's Evidence blend. Three of the four grapes were harvested within five days of November 1st, which is a late harvest for our area. This year's wine is a more equitable blend of the three primary varietals with Malbec again playing a minor role.

The wine has an opaque dark ruby color. The aromas are an exotic blend of cherries, raspberries, sandalwood and cedar. The highest level of Cabernet Sauvignon used so far in our blend is evident in the aromas as well. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with flavors of berries and spices and a hint of toasted oak. The texture is dominated by fine grained tannins which are further accentuated by the acidity of the wine. This wine impresses with its subtlety, finesse and the promise of what a few years of bottle aging will bring.

Enjoy this wine with rich foods such as prime rib and wild game such as turkey, quail and duck. This is definitely a wine to collect and open periodically over the next six to ten years. While the 2005 vintage produced a bigger, more hedonistic version of our Evidence, this 2006 vintage more closely resembles the elegant wines from Bordeaux.

Rick Longoria, Winemaker
November, 2008

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