2015 Santa Barbara County Cabernet Sauvignon
An early contender for Value Cabernet of the Year!
Despite its dark and fairly dense visage, this Cabernet Sauvignon offers an intense perfume of spicy-sweet desert florals like lavender and sage, harmoniously interlaced with a mélange of pacific northwest berries. If you made Cabernet in the Rhône Valley, this is what it would smell like – garrigue, meet cassis, and blackberry. Supple on entry with a lightly chewy, chocolatey, cassis-driven mid-palate, it finishes with waves of spicy fruit and a peppery flourish in a long, rich, medium-full-bodied finish. A unique offering in the Cabernet realm, this wine is remarkable for its harmonious, balanced depiction of the varietal. From Napa Cab lovers to Châteauneuf fans, Lot 588 will have broad appeal, delivering big, sophisticated flavors in an artisanal fashion you simply will not find at $15 on the shelf.
Style: Medium, Smooth
In the far northeastern corner of Santa Barbara County, east of the Santa Rita Hills/Happy Canyon appellations and behind the Sierra Madre Range, the land becomes an arid, high-desert, 3,000-foot-elevation mesa where the fog rarely treads for long, but the wind certainly does. Receiving only 6-12 inches of rain per year, the Cuyama River Valley is formed of ancient, alluvial drainages you often see just inland while flying down from SF to LA. With plentiful wind, well-drained soils and sparse water, they offer a perfectly challenging environment for both Bordelaise and Rhone varietals, and here you’ll find the sprawling 750-acre Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard, source to many boutique producers in Santa Barbara County as well as today’s release.