Grapes: 48% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Franc, Petit Franc 5%. Region: USA> California> Santa Barbara> Santa Ynez Ava. Notes: Winemaker: Tara Gomez, Chumash Indian Tribe and California State University-Fresno graduate (Enologist B.S.
Description: Founded in 2010, Kitá Wines is a small, premium winery located in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley within the Santa Barbara County AVA (American Viticultural Area). The word “Kitá” means “Our Valley Oak” in the Santa Ynez Chumash native language of Samala. Like the valley oak, their wine highlights the gifts from Mother Earth and embodies the spirit of the Santa Ynez Valley.
Chumash Cellars focus on respecting the balance of soil, climate, location and taste. With a total case production of around 2,000 cases, Kitá wines are crafted using sustainable methods and a blend of old world and new world winemaking techniques. All of the wines have been harvested by hand based on a balance of chemistry and taste to preserve the highest quality. Their wines are produced in small batches aiming to have minimal manipulation and maximizing varietal characteristics. The 2014 Kalas is a perfect blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep colored wine with immediate expressive aromatics that flirt with your senses. Complex flavors of dark fresh berries, black currant, espresso and eucalyptus highlight the diversity and minerality in the soil.
The style of this wine can be most associated with right bank Bordeaux. The palate shows a blend of bright crisp acidity, medium body and a culmination of spices, earthy tones and blackberries. Due to its complexity this wine does well after some aeration and/or maturity. The dry chalky tannins have begun to round out but in time will become integrated and elegant.