HAPPY CANYON OF SANTA BARBARA
ESTATE GROWN, HAPPY CANYON VINEYARD
86% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, and 2% Malbec
The 2017 vintage was a true reflection of our potential. 2017 saw the first significant winter rains in some time, with heavy storms in January and February. Vine vigor was normal due to a cool spring. Wind and cool weather at fruit set, left a slightly smaller than average crop. Summer saw warm to hot days with cool evenings. August and into fall was ideal, with warm days and cool nights, allowing the grapes to ripen. A couple of dangerous heat spikes that we faithfully managed as we were able to harvest in ideal conditions. The fruit reached perfect physiological ripeness retaining natural grape acidity resulting in very balanced wines with low alcohol and 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 2019.
The finished wine has dark, crimson color with mahogany hues and a hint of black. The aromas exhibit a lovely balance of dark cherries, ripe plums, along with hints of lavender and spice wrapped in a cloak of vanilla. The palate is full bodied, rich and intense that is filled with fruit and oak wood, balanced perfectly with lush tannins and bold acidity. The wine is complex and made even more luxurious with the four other grapes; Cabernet Sauvignon adding tannin and strength, the Cabernet Franc adding a spicy lift, the Malbec adding an earthy full rich flavor and the Petit Verdot, with its intense color and powerful tannins seamlessly intertwining them all. Beautiful to drink today and will mature and age wonderfully for the next 10 to 15 years.
Cases 211 (packaged in 422 six pack boxes)