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2014 Sanguis Acacia Thorns

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

93Jeb Dunnuck

Blackcurrants, licorice, toasted spice and cured meat notes all emerge from this, big, exuberant red...

90+ The Wine Advocate

...nose of black and red plums, mulberries and fragrant earth with a touch of cigar box. Medium to full-bodied with a very firm, chewy, tannic backbone, it offers plenty of savory/earthy expression on the palate and finish.

90Wine Enthusiast

...black-plum skins, tree bark and earth on the nose, and black currant and chalky tannins on the palate.

87-90Vinous / IWC

...a powerful, brooding wine. Black fruit, grilled herbs, lavender, and sweet spices are some of the signatures.

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.