The Wine: Cuvee Milo Red Blend 2018
Press Gang Cellars Cuvee Milo Red Blend is a red natural made from a blend of 47% Grenache Noir (La Certe Vineyard, Los Olivos District AVA), 38% Syrah (Robert Rae Ranch, Sta. Rilla Hills AVA), 15% Mourvèdre (La Certe Vineyard, Los Olivos District AVA). Complex and layered, bright, fresh, and juicy. Very fresh aromatics of blue/black fruit – black currant, blueberry with some cocoa powder, and anise. You’ll also get a little graphite and roasted meat. (source: Baire Wines)
The Producer: Press Gang Cellars
Since 2010, Kyle and Savanna Knapp have been creating small batches of exciting wines from interesting Santa Barbara County vineyards. Press Gang fruit is hand-picked, hand-sorted and fermented with native yeast. Kyle learned winemaking from the ground up, starting with harvest at a local winery. He spent a vintage abroad in Western Australia and fell in love with the craft. Upon returning home, he jumped right back into another harvest until he worked his way up to his current position as head winemaker at Stolpman. Inspired by the song “Press Gang” by The Murder City Devils, he knew, that he wanted to create something different, against the grain so to speak, to represent his winemaking style.
The Region: Lompoc