Three Saints Sixty-Seven, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara to be quite this full-bodied. When I think of Santa Barbara, I think of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, not Bordeaux-style blends. I was thinking this wine would be rather frail and weak, but boy was I wrong. Deep, murky maroon color. Huge nose of baker's chocolate, anise and red fruit with hints of eucalyptus and bay leaf (probably from the Cabernet Franc). Quite full-bodied with monstrous, drying tannins; tannins that nearly bury the red and black fruits and anise on the palate. Long dusty, tannic finish that would make vintners in Rutherford jealous. Although aged in Taransaud oak (60% new), perplexing American oak-like notes of Bourbon and dill come to the forefront after an hour or so. A very interesting, surprisingly full-bodied blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot, 5% Syrah, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec from a region not known for this style blend. About $20.
Owned by the Dierburg family who also oversees the Hermannhof Winery in Hermann, Missouri. More than held its own with my wife's requested Mother's Day meal of grilled flank steak, sauteed spinach and roasted sweet potatoes.