Author CerboSite / BlogTrust Rating Tasted On 10/16/2010
Bright Red is made from hand-picked Grenache (38%), Cinsault (37%) and Syrah (25%) grapes sourced from four special vineyards in Santa Barbara County. 2008 was a vintage marked by severe frosts, and tiny yields, with great quality. Each batch was fermented separately in small boxes. The Fermentations were on skins for 10-30 days and punched down 1-3 times every day. All the wines were basket pressed, then matured in older French oak barrels - big ones and small ones. We bottled 150 cases in December of 2009, after 14 months aging. This wine is delicious upon release, but those with patience will be rewarded over the next 7-10 years. Wine is always changing, but at bottling, 2008 Bright Red shows a nose of pure cherries, cranberries, dried herbs, baking spices and smoke. The mouth is slightly rustic, yet balanced by cherry, red currant, licorice, and bittersweet chocolate flavors. The medium body and round tannins finish bright and minerally. Drink it with gamey meats, smokey BBQ goods, thin crust pizzas, homemade pasta sauce, Moroccan lamb, or blackened Cajun chicken. Lighter whiter cheese will match.