Rockabilly Red is a racy little number that comes from Sort this Out Cellars, a new Twitter friend, based in Buellton, CA, part of the Santa Ynez Valley growing region and made famous for certain OTHER varietals in some movie they made there that went upside down and backwards <wink wink>.
Sort This Out Cellars is one of those fun, irreverent producers that I love – and love to promote. While I don’t personally go in for critter labels, different labels and some that are fun tend to draw my attention. Rockabilly Red is one of those wines that has a fun label, with a flaming guitar that really makes you want to sing some Buddy Holly while you drink it!
STOC is a small producer that makes wine from several regions in California. They like to be different, and explore varietals and appellations all over the state that are indicative of our variety. Since they don’t own any vines, they are free to buy the best and brightest fruit that shows off what California does best.
The Rockabilly Red is a saucy number made from Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. On the first day, I found it chewy, with cherries, smoke, leather and tobacco followed by coffee and bittersweet chocolate. It came on strong, but I let it sit overnight, and tasted it again the next day. After 24 hrs, it was starting to show off it’s dark blue and red fruits, and softened up a bit to reveal a lot more chocolate and blackberry. YUM! I would definitely decant this sucker again after a nice visit with the decanter, and really enjoyed the strength. It would pairs well with hearty beef and pasta dishes, and retails for $25. STOC is winery direct, meaning you can’t find it elsewhere, so talk to Felicia and order yours today!