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Body: full | Sweetness: slightly sweet | Alcohol: 13% Region: Santa Barbara County, California
This bold, jammy, and flavorful vegan wine is the perfect pour to accompany a dish of burgers, ribs, chocolate cake, stew (yes, I see the irony), or a relaxing nighttime wind down.
One of the many secrets to this wine, is that the vineyard is located at the highest elevation in Santa Barbara County–called the Highlands. Here’s on WINC describes the impact on the grapes.
“The high-elevation location provides higher levels of UV rays than anywhere else in the county, while a 30-40 degree daily temperature swing helps the grapes preserve acidity, allowing more hang time and richer flavor development. This unique and extreme vineyard provides the grapes for this full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon.” —WINC
Combine this with the aging process, which takes place in 40% new French oak, and you get a big red with delightful notes of baking spice, black currant, butterscotch, and vanilla.
Serving at room temperature, with a short time to breathe, will make your mouth-senses happy.