“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
87% Cabernet Franc, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot , 2% Petit Verdot, 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 wine is very dark with hues of deep red and magenta. The wine has an attractive and seductive nose of spice, sweet tobacco and cherry fruit with hints of cedar, plum, and red clay. On the palate the wine is fruity with the perfect amount of spice complementing the tastes of blackberry and red plum. The finish is lovely and lingering full of strong yet soft tannins and the suppleness of perfectly ripe fruit. It is stunning to drink today and will deliciously pair well with Santa Maria style Tri-Tip.
165 Cases Produced