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2009 Sanguis Levity, 1.5ltr

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

94Wine Enthusiast

...big, voluptuous and unbelievably concentrated wine....Grenache, Syrah and Viognier, grown in two great vineyards, Thompson and Bien Nacido...dazzles with intense cherry and raspberry purée flavors...sweet, smoky, vanilla-scented new oak.

91Wine Spectator

Builds complexity, combining ripe, spicy and earth-laced dark berry character with firm, fine-grained tannins that tighten the peppery boysenberry and wild berry flavors. Grenache, Syrah and Viognier. Drink now through 2021. 325 cases made.

REGION

United States, California, South Coast, Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County is not an AVA, but a region just south of San Luis Obispo that includes the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley appellations. Wine has been produced in the area since the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted vineyards. It wasn’t until the 1990s, however, that producers focused on growing premier grapes for fine wines. During the 1990s more than 10,000 acres of vineyards were planted, and today there are nearly 20,000 acres of vineyards. The region received a big bump in recognition and prestige when the popular film “Sideways” was shot there in 2004. Because the region is affected by maritime weather, it is relatively cool climate makes it ideal for Chardonnay. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and an increasingly adventuresome number of varietals are also grown successfully in Santa Barbara County.