2019 Block 15
I truly believe that Block 15 at the Estelle Vineyard is the nicest little section of Cabernet Sauvignon in Santa Barbara County. I usually get an email or two every year from wine club members who sneak bottles of Block 15 into blind tastings with a bunch of Napa Cabs. The subject line usually reads something like "guess which wine was our favorite?!!!”, followed by a photo of an empty bottle of Block 15.
This year’s bottling sports heady cassis fruit with spices that are in the realm of tobacco leaf, with a touch of cedar. Not for the faint of heart - it’s very rich on the palate, but should age really well with its ample, well placed tannins. There is a nice balance between firm structure and elegance.