The 2017 Red Blend offers warm aromas of brambleberry and plum with hints of dried herb and toasted oak. A sleek, seamless texture bursts with jammy flavors of strawberry, cedar and cherry cola with a whisper of spicy vanilla. Fresh acidity and a sense of minerality add lift to a juicy, mouthwatering finish.
The 35-acre Brick Barn estate vineyard lies just north of the Santa Ynez River in a largely unexplored winegrowing corridor near the city of Buellton in the western Santa Ynez Valley. This wine represents a barrel selection featuring three Grenache clones and two Syrah clones, all planted to individual blocks along an upper highland at an elevation of 550 feet. Here, rocky loam and limestone soils provide ideal conditions for classic Rhône varieties. Persistent sun exposure ensures ripe flavors, while the Pacific Ocean—just 10 miles away—delivers daily cooling that maintains fruit acidity and structure. These conditions combine to create a unique growing environment that speaks through our wines.
The Grenache and Syrah lots were separately fermented in small open-top bins, with two punchdowns and one pumpover performed daily for balanced extraction and aeration. After gentle pressing, the lots were settled and racked to French oak barrels, where they aged for 24 months. At the conclusion of aging, Winemaker Adrian Bolshoi identified standout barrels; conducted several blending trials; and ultimately settled upon a deliciously symmetrical blend of Grenache and Syrah.