Sanguis Backseat Betty 2007 Front Label
Sanguis Backseat Betty 2007 Front Label

Sanguis Backseat Betty 2007

  • WE93
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750ML / 15% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

2007 was a vintage that made both vineyard managers and winemakers look pretty good. No worries or drama throughout the growing season, ability to pick seemingly 'at will' and textbook fermentations. Sanguis' only worry for the vintage was that it would be almost too well behaved. So, in '07 more than any other year, creativity in blending to bring out the vintage’s character was of the highest priority. Backseat Betty is the first of four blends the winery bottled from this vintage, and while probably the most forward of the bunch, it unfolds slowly.

Blend: 83% Syrah, 14% Grenache, 3% Viognier

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WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
The grapes for this marvelous Rhone blend come from various vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley. The blend is 83% Syrah, 14% Grenache and 3% Viognier. The aroma is marked by the scent of white pepper, black cherry liqueur, dark chocolate and buttered toast, with similar flavors. It's rich to the point of decadence, yet balanced and minerally. New oak to the tune of 65% is easily integrated.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
A delicate style, with firm, ripe, spicy cherry, plum and mineral notes that are full-bodied and complex, unfolding gracefully and ending with a detailed finish. Syrah, Grenache and Viognier.
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Wines that are singular, compelling and beautiful rely on great vineyards and proper farming in union with a healthy dose of confidence, determination and style. Like great food, they cannot exist without superior 'raw materials', the land where those are grown, or without a steady hand to shape them.

Sanguis wines are made in a converted warehouse in the heart of Santa Barbara's industrial zone (yes, there is one), from the grapes that they grow in the idyl that is called the Santa Ynez and Santa Maria Valleys - this juxtaposition is representative of the style of wine that is Sanguis.

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With a dry and mild climate cooled significantly by moist ocean fog and breezes, Santa Barbara County is a grape-grower’s dream. Part of the larger Central Coast appellation, Santa Barbara is home to Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley. The conditions here provide an opportunity for nearly effortless production of high-quality cool-climate Central Coast wines. This is also the site of the 2004 film Sideways, which caused Pinot Noir’s popularity to skyrocket and brought new acclaim to the region.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the stars of Santa Barbara, producing wines marked by racy acidity. Crisp Sauvignon Blanc and savory Syrah are also important. The region is home to many young and enthusiastic winemakers eager to experiment with less common varieties including Chenin Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Trousseau Gris, Gamay and Cabernet Franc, making it an exciting area to watch.

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre form the base of the classic Rhône Red Blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. Though they originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley, with some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in other countries. Somm Secret—Putting their own local spin on the Rhône Red Blend, those from Priorat often include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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