2020 Desire Lines Winds of Change Red Wine
The wine is, quite simply, Desire Lines – our whole journey – captured in one bottle. The wine is our ode to California’s cool and windy places, where some of our favorite varieties take on new life—Syrah becomes lithe and perfumed, Carignan becomes vibrant and rich, and Mourvèdre smells like a strawberry pie cooling on the windowsill on a sultry summer night. It’s been fascinating to get to know the vineyards of Santa Barbara more intimately (shoutout to Thompson Vineyard in particular for this wine) and I’m excited by the way the freshness, concentration, and fruit-forward nature of those wines marries to the slightly more stern architecture and savory character of our North Coast vineyards. We’ve lovingly referred to this as our “back the truck up” wine. I have no doubt that this wine will benefit from time in bottle as well, just like its vineyard-designate brethren, but all the same the wine is built to be more immediately user-friendly. As we say on the back label: may this wine be a wind of change for these underrated varieties that we love so much!
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