2010 Diavolessa Santa Barbara County

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Tasting Notes:

Wine Maker Notes

Diavolessa (which means “she-devil” in Italian) isn’t a grape, it is our name for our proprietary red blend.

The 2010 Diavolessa is a blend of Petite Sirah, along with some Mourvedre, Sangiovese and Tempranillo. Meticulously combined to bring out the best characteristics of each varietal, the wine is deeply colored with aromas of bright red fruits that lead to enticing flavors of black cherry, cola and black raspberry. This complex beauty evolves in the glass, so if you are patient enough to let it breathe you will be rewarded with hints of dark chocolate and espresso.

Diavolessa’s balanced acidity and well integrated tannins make it incredibly food friendly. We recommend pairing it with beef tenderloin with rosemary gorgonzola. Or, go with a tried-and-true local favorite like Santa Maria style tri-tip topped with salsa fresca and pinquito beans.

76% Petite Sirah, 14% Mourvedre, 5% Sangiovese, 5% Tempranillo

119 cases produced

Varietal Characteristics

Petite Sirah is not petite in flavor - carrying rich, heavy tannins and bold flavors of pomegranate, blueberry, and tobacco.

Mourvèdre is known for giving way to gamey flavors, often herbacious, savory and somewhat spicy tones. The grape produces medium fruit tones ranging from strawberry to blackberry. The tannins tend to be fairly mellow and not overly extracted.

Tempranillo makes a soft, chocolaty, dark fruit flavored wine with tones of cassis and muddled blueberries. Its low acidity it makes a nice sipping wine.

Sangiovese is a medium to full bodied red that has flavors of herbs, spice, dark cherry, and floral tones.

Vineyard Source

We sourced Petite Sirah from La Presa Vineyard; it sits high atop a mountain on the South end of the Santa Ynez Valley producing some of the most concentrated Petite Sirah we have found. The Mourvedre, Tempranillo, and Sangiovesse come from Estelle Vineyard in the Happy Canyon AVA, which is a warm climate zone in the Santa Ynez Valley. This vineyard site is optimal for many Italian grape varieties allowing full flavor development.

2010 Diavolessa Santa Barbara County