“Piocho” is the name of our ranch and a Native American Indian word meaning "Where the two rivers meet and go to heaven”
Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
ESTATE GROWN, HAPPY CANYON VINEYARD
61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc,
5% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec
Alcohol 13.8%, pH 3.55 and TA 6.5 g/L
The 2014 vintage was defined by almost no rainfall and a historically early budbreak. The vintage saw sustained periods of warm to hot weather with no dangerous heat spikes. With no real cool down, the harvest was a bit earlier then average, with red grape varietal harvest starting mid- September. These perfect conditions allowed for slow grape development and focused varietal characteristics. The grapes retained delightful acidity, resulting in well-balanced wines with rich concentrated varietal flavors. The wine was fermented in small lots using hand-crafted winemaking techniques and matured for 22 months in a combination of new and seasoned, two year old, and neutral Taransaud French Oak Barrels. The wine was racked three times in barrel and bottled in July of 2016.
The wine is very dark with hues of deep red and magenta. The wine is extremely attractive and filled with seductive aromatics of briar batch, plum, and violets with hints of red bing cherry and subtle notes of vanilla. The wines structure is powerful with defined yet broad tannins and taught acidity with a palate full of concentrated fruit. This a truly lovely wine that is wonderful to drink today when paired with big rich cuisine such as Santa Maria Tri-Tip. The wines structure will allow it to mature and age nicely for the next 15 years.
114 Cases Produced