HAPPY CANYON OF SANTA BARBARA
ESTATE GROWN, HAPPY CANYON VINEYARD
44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 11% Petit Verdot, 11% Malbec
The 2020 vintage is certainly one, that just like everything in 2020, was different. Hot weather, little rain, and northern CA fires dominated the vintage. Despite all challenges of 2020 the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA and Santa Barbara County produced amazing wines. 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 June of 2022.
Patrón means "leader" or "boss" in spanish. In polo Patrón is the common term used for the leader and owner of the polo team. Therefore, our newest Piocho Red Blend wine has been crafted from the best portions of our vineyards which lead the way enabling us to produce the best wine we can make. The wine is a true vineyard blend, where the vintage conditions dictate the resulting wine. We craft this wine with the idea of making the best wine possible, not the same wine every year. This years realease of Piocho Patrón is true beauty that shows off the highest quality fruit from the vineyard. It has a medium to full body with beautiful dark ruby rich color. Aromatically, the wine is uplifting with notes of blueberry, black cherry, clove, cedar wood and plum. On the palate the wine is richly concentrated, beautifully focused, with deep-set dark blueberry and cherry along side some earth tones and blackcurrant. The wine is lush with broadly structured tannins, It has an air of a classic Bordeaux blend that is indicative of a the wine that will certianily evolve with time. The finish is persistent and lingering producing a zesty and long, gravitating finish. The wine is wonderful to drink today and will continue to evolve in balance, length and complexity as the more structured Cabernet Sauvignon matures. This wine will continue to develop and excel over the next ten years.