Blackburn 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon
Pairs with: Ribeye Steak
Good for: Date night
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
I am from: Paso Robles, California
The Story: Kevin Riley has always had his feet wet in the wine industry. Growing up in Westport, Connecticut, he worked alongside his father and grandfather at Greens Farm Spirit Shop, where his passion for wines and wine making all began. After graduating high school Kevin was California bound and as luck would have it he found himself in San Luis Obispo County, where the wine industry was just putting itself on the map. Naturally, he started taking steps to educate himself on wine making at Cal Poly and quickly immersed himself in the industry.During his college years it was important to Kevin that he learn all aspects of wine production. He trained at several micro wineries including Dark Star Cellars, where he learned what “hand made” entailed and also trained at large production facilities, where he was just one of many. In 2002, he graduated with a degree in Agricultural Business and a minor in Viticulture.
The years following have brought continued success Riley attributes a large part of that success to the fact that he is able to source the best fruit from the choicest vineyards, in addition to his own.
Why You’ll Love Me: Smooth, rich notes of herbs, blackcurrant, oak, & vanilla. Dark and earthy aromas of roasted berry and mahogany converge on the nose of this bottling. Dried cranberry and strawberry flavors meet with carnation, hibiscus and dried herbs on the palate, which also offers a salty, roasted meat touch.