2011 Sanguis "Mule" Santa Barbara County Red Blend

SKU #1250657 93 points Vinous

 Glass-staining ruby. Powerful, brooding dark fruit compote aromas slowly open and gain spiciness with air, taking on exotic incense, potpourri and smoked meat nuances. Dense blackcurrant and blueberry flavors are given lift and cut by smoky minerals, showing a suave, floral pastille nuance on the back half. Brawny and concentrated for sure, but there's energy here as well. Closes broad and chewy, with repeating smokiness and dusty tannins that contribute shape and grip. (JR)  (12/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Mule is a rocking blend of 78% Syrah, 16% Grenache, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Roussanne and 1% Viognier. Fermented with 20% whole clusters and aged 22 months in 33% new French oak, it gives up impressive dark fruits, pepper, game and hints of cedar and spice to go with a medium to full-bodied, nicely focused feel on the palate. It opens up nicely in the glass and should drink nicely over the coming 5-8 years. (JD)  (8/2014)

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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.