Vinous 91pts: "Bright ruby-red. Vibrant raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by hints of smoky minerals and potpourri, with a touch of white pepper coming up with aeration. Tightly wound red berry flavors stain the palate and are deepened by a note of candied licorice. Turns spicier and smokier with air and finishes with excellent clarity, supple tannins and a lingering floral quality. Now settled into a spacious facility on the northern outskirts of Buellton, John and Steve Dragonette and Brandon Sparks-Gillis have plenty of room to spread out and work more efficiently and quickly than when they were based in Lompoc, where the barrels were stacked to the roof, according to Sparks-Gillis, who told me that they're trying to 'strip away as much artifice as possible' from their wines and are taking a highly flexible approach to fermentation times, stem inclusion and new oak while 'trying to make each wine distinct from the others. Otherwise, why not just make single-varietal bottlings and be done with it?' Sparks-Gillis asked rhetorically. (Josh Raynolds)"