Spear Me

Clear light brilliance. Black-purple, but SOOO ridiculously transparent. Half the pinots I drink are denser than this. Big sharp fruit in the nose. Sweet Tarts and Gummy Bears, a smoky volatility with maybe a touch of KMBS. As is typically the grenache suit, the crazy visual thin-ness contradicts the intense black cherry and stemmy vegetal of the nose.

Watching a new winemaker come up is always interesting. I watch them very carefully… how they market, their work-ethic, their fruit sources and equipment networking, how they treat social media, how fast they expand, their demo, their attitude and philosophy toward bottle contents. Often, they have full-time jobs or have recently QUIT full-time–far more gainful–employment or careers. Few have impressed me the way this kid has. The sky’s the limit with this one, folks. He’s doing everything right.

In the mouth, that brittle stemminess waves hello inside decadent cherry fruit. Stunningly acidified, it washes a remarkable plum and watermelon profile over the tongue, dense and concentrated–AGAIN: FAR more than you would expect from the color. Edgy and green without being green, it never pauses in its perfection, tannins aligned seamlessly with the richness of the fruit, chunky caramel and licorice poking at the acid, raspberry, iced tea and cola never letting go for a second. Some of Dusty’s wines are from Paso… some are quite dense… there’s no way this thing is over 14-oh. Not a hint of heat, this thing finishes clean and bright and stellar. Absolute purity of fruit all the way through.

This is the best wine he’s ever made.

2018 DUSTY NABOR Grenache Spear Vyd Santa Rita Hills Santa Barbara Co. 13.5