The 2018 vintage was perfectly mild, giving way to some of the most elegant and age-worthy reds from Santa Barbara County. Sourced from the estate’s younger blocks, the ‘Relevant’ Proprietary Red is a vibrant example of this region. Bright cassis and boysenberry fruit notes dance among aromas of cedar and graphite. It sings with persistent layers of sweet spice and attractive oak notes. With 96 points from Robert Parker, this wine will be a winner for years to come.
The 2018 Relevant is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot from younger vines and blocks on the property, and it is still aging in barrel. Deep ruby, if offers classic cassis, cedar, graphite and crushed boysenberry aromas with hints of Chinese Five Spice and licorice. The palate is medium to full-bodied with concentrated but fresh fruit character, a finely pixelated frame and seamless freshness, finishing long and super classy.
Functioning as the second wine of the estate (meaning younger vines and blocks that didn’t make the selection for the top cuvée), the 2018 Relevant checks in as 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot that spent 22 months in barrel. Beautifully pure cassis, violets, flowery incense, and spice notes all emerge from this beauty, which is soft, supple, layered, and just impossible to resist. It's an opulent, sexy wine that certainly doesn’t taste like a second wine at this point.