The 2018 Santa Barbara County Malbec is hand-harvested, foot-crushed, whole-cluster fruit vinified in neutral barrels with native yeasts, almost no sulfur, and no additives. Aging is done for 8 months in 100% French oak barrels (4 years old). Fuller medium-bodied, dry. Purple in the glass with a nose of kirsch, flowers, and black olive. The full yet structured palate shows brambleberry and plums. Finishes with notes of oak and mint over balanced acids & tannins.