2013 Westerly Red Blend

Year: 2013
Appellation: Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec, 1% Misc.

"A luscious and supple red, with rich, beefy notes to the ripe dark plum and cherry tart flavors. Mocha and dark chocolate details show on the moderately tannic finish. Drink now through 2020. 844 cases made.–KM " (WS)

"Five years in, and this wine is still very much alive. Concentrated red-currant and black-cherry aromas meet with vanilla, gingerbread and crushed violet on the lavish nose. The palate is also lush, proving soft in structure with full-bodied flavors of black cherry, milk chocolate, red flowers and baking spice. -Matt Kettmann" (WE)

Winery Notes:
The 2013 Westerly Red exhibits dark, ripe fruits on the nose and the palate is round with a rich, exuberant juicyness. The oak is slightly forward currently, buy it integrates all with a bit of air. Quite primary and precocious in nature, this wine is a more openly-knit iteration of a classic Left Bank Bordeaux-style blend. Supple and approachable now, his wine will drink well through 2025.

Sourced from select vineyards in the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA. Harvested by hand in late October of 2013, the grapes were hand-sorted, destemmed and fermented separately in both concrete and oak tanks. The wine was drained and pressed after an average of 36 days on the skins, the wine was filled into 225 liter French oak barrels, 50% of which were new. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. The wine was racked to blend after 12 months and remained in barrel for a total of 26 months. Bottled unfixed and unfiltered.