HAPPY CANYON OF SANTA BARBARA
ESTATE GROWN, HAPPY CANYON VINEYARD
56% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec
2015 was another year of extreme drought conditions. Bud break was in late March, early April. A much cooler then average May, along with highly windy conditions, resulted in low fruit with ultimate yields down 50% from average in our vineyards. Warm to hot summer conditions, and much less fruit on the vines created a harvest that was the earliest on record, beginning mid-August. The lower yields, hot weather, and early harvest resulted in tiny clusters of intensely colored, highly concentrated, flavorful grapes of incredible depth. 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 2017.
The wine has an attractive and seductive nose of sugarplum, black cherry and red clay with hints of toast and charcoal. On the palate the wine is bright, fresh and savory with flavors of red plum, and raspberry. The finish is lovely and lingering full of fine tannins and a whisper of earthiness and spice. It is stunning to drink today and will deliciously pair well with grilled red meat. The wine will age beautifully for the next ten to fifteen years.