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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.

2008 Evidence
Santa Barbara County

2008 Evidence

Technical Details

Composition:
61% Cabernet Franc – Alisos Vineyard
22% Merlot – Alisos Vineyard
11% Cabernet Sauvignon – Estelle Vineyard
6% Malbec – Rancho Sisquoc Vineyard

Production: 49 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
pH: 3.55
Titratable acidity: .69g/100ml
Cellaring potential: 8-10 years
Bottle price: $38


It is always exciting to release the limited bottling of our proprietary Bordeauxstyle
blend, Evidence. The grapes for this vintage were once again sourced from
Alisos, Estelle, and Rancho Sisquoc vineyards.
We harvested both Merlot and Cabernet Franc as we typically do in mid-October,
while the Cabernet Sauvignon from Estelle ripened relatively early and was
picked in mid-September.
The grapes were completely destemmed then crushed into our small open top
fermenters. After about two weeks of fermentation and skin contact, the wine
was pressed, settled, and then transferred to French oak barrels to age. After
many blending sessions I finally made my decision and the wines were blended
in June then aged an additional two months before being bottled. About 54% of
the barrels from which the wines were drawn were new.
The wine has a medium dark ruby color with aromas of bold black cherry and
hints of white pepper and thyme. On the palate, the wine’s medium body is filled
with flavors of black cherries and hints of vanillin. At this youthful stage, the
tannins and acidity shorten the flavor impression somewhat until the wine has
had time to open up. I recommend decanting for an hour or so before serving.
Serve with a variety of meat dishes that are accented with berries such as
red currants.

It is always exciting to release the limited bottling of our proprietary Bordeaux style blend, Evidence. The grapes for this vintage were once again sourced from Alisos, Estelle, and Rancho Sisquoc vineyards.

We harvested both Merlot and Cabernet Franc as we typically do in mid-October,while the Cabernet Sauvignon from Estelle ripened relatively early and was picked in mid-September.

The grapes were completely destemmed then crushed into our small open top fermenters. After about two weeks of fermentation and skin contact, the wine was pressed, settled, and then transferred to French oak barrels to age. After many blending sessions I finally made my decision and the wines were blended in June then aged an additional two months before being bottled. About 54% of the barrels from which the wines were drawn were new.

The wine has a medium dark ruby color with aromas of bold black cherry andhints of white pepper and thyme. On the palate, the wine’s medium body is filled with flavors of black cherries and hints of vanillin. At this youthful stage, the tannins and acidity shorten the flavor impression somewhat until the wine has had time to open up. I recommend decanting for an hour or so before serving.

Serve with a variety of meat dishes that are accented with berries such asred currants.

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