MCS is made from hand-picked Mourvedre, Carignane, and Syrah grapes sourced from special vineyards around Santa Barbara County. 2015 was the fourth consecutive year of severe drought, which was reflected in a very early, low yielding harvest of intensely concentrated fruit.
The Mourvedre and Carignane were crushed and fermented in the same tank, while the Syrah was fermented in a separate small box. All the fermentations were on skins for about 2 weeks and pumped over once a day. The lots were matured in 2 year old and older French oak barrels, which were never racked. We bottled 9 barrels of this blend in February of 2017.
This wine is fresh and delicious upon release, but those with patience will be rewarded with more complexity over the next 7-10 years. Wine is always changing, but at bottling, 2015 MCS shows a nose of white pepper, herbs, leather, game, and licorice fruit. The mouth is rustic and savory-leathery, yet balanced by lucious black cherry, licorice, and bittersweet chocolate flavors. The medium body and soft tannins finish earthy.