HAPPY CANYON OF SANTA BARBARA
ESTATE GROWN, HAPPY CANYON VINEYARD
35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% 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.
Aromatically, the wine is uplifting, with notes of plum, ceder, bing cherry, berry pie and hints of earth and red clay. On the palate the wine is fruitful, exuberant, with red plum and blackberry. The wine continues with fine-grain tannins, saddle leather and wonderful savory notes. The finish is long and satisfying with lingering dusty tannins and expressive resolved fruit. 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.