Standing Sun Sky Rocket Syrah

Standing Sun Wine Art Music Sky Rocket Syrah 2012: Welcome to a special project — a select syrah from Rodney’s Vineyard chosen by Standing Sun winemaker John Wright, artist Felipe Molina, and Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz — that you can purchase in a new special place: The Bodega, the original wine cellar of Casa de la Guerra in the historic heart of downtown Santa Barbara.

Each bottle of the wine, which features Molina’s enchanting artwork on the label, is hand-signed by the threesome and also utterly delicious. It starts with vanilla on the nose, runs through a full-mouthed bramble of blackberry on the palate, and then leaves with a slightly cocoa finish.

Wright was a preservation architect before becoming a winemaker at his facility in Buellton, where he frequently hosts nationally touring musical acts, including Roem Baur and Dan Rodriguez on October 13. He couldn’t have asked for a better tasting room in Santa Barbara than the rustic, adobe-walled Bodega. It’s like sipping with the city’s founding ghosts.

See standingsunwines.com.

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