Red Blend, 2016. Twelve Barrel Ranch

Red Blend, 2016. Twelve Barrel Ranch

Item #: C0721R2DC
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Red Blend
Vineyard/Appellation: Buellton, California
Color: Very Deep
Nose: Earth, Spice
Palate: Full Bodied
Finish: Cranberry
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2024/Red Meat, Game/12.9% Alcohol by Volume

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Twelve Barrel Ranch is crafted by Terravant Wine Company, a $30 million facility which can handle up to one million cases of wine annually. They are the main facility for 25 wineries, supplying all manner of services as well as labs and expertise in all phases of winemaking.

Winemaker Anna Clifford is a Southern California girl who was inspired to make a career in wine after seeing the beautiful, sprawling vineyard landscape in the romantic comedy, "French Kiss." She went on to earn her Enology Degree from UC Davis and then visited the wine regions of France, Italy, Germany, and others, before coming back to the states.

Upon her return, Anna spent 10 years in Napa and Sonoma in many of the most respected wineries in the area, but her first love was Santa Barbara as it was the first wine area her parents took her to. She eventually left Santa Barbara, but Santa Barbara never left her. Now, making wine here is her dream come true.

The name comes from the fact that only 12 barrels were made and Wine of the Month took a healthy chunk of that. One taste was all it took. This serious blend of Cabernet, Syrah, and Merlot is an engaging are remarkable selection, offering cranberry and berry flavors with a dash of earth, black pepper, and cinnamon. The only thing missing is a pork tenderloin with mustard and tarragon sauce or roast duck with green peppercorns in a Bourbon sauce.