Focus on Santa Barbara County (Dec 2014)

(35% new French oak): Bright purple. Expansive, exotic bouquet of black raspberry, potpourri, bacon fat, smoky minerals and incense; smells like a high-class Cote-Rotie.  Fat and velvety on entry, then more taut in the mid-palate, showing superb energy and focus to its deep, sweet flavors of red and dark berries and violet pastille.  Completely stains the palate but gives no impression of excess weight.  A floral note lingers on the long, sappy finish, which betrays only a hint of dusty tannins.