Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
This 2014 vintage is from a low vigor block in the warmer Happy Canyon appellation, on the Los Padres side of Hwy 154. Happy Canyon, located in the north-east Santa Ynez Valley, is one of seven Santa Barbara County AVAs.
It is described as a bucolic canyon of hillside vineyards. Differentiated from the rest of Santa Barbara County, it has decidedly hotter temperatures and a high-magnesium mineral terroir.
These unique factors and micro- climate make this area suitable for producing Bordeaux varietals with concentrated flavors and a ripe fruit quality that has been difficult to achieve in the cooler areas of Santa Barbara County.
Winemaker's comments: Cabernet Sauvignon from Happy Canyon has gained national recognition. The warmest AVA in Santa Barbara County produces concentrated dense wines. 50 days of skin contact evolves the tannin srtucure. It creates more length and persistence of flavor.
(Extended maceration is the process of keeping a wine, which has fermented dry, in contact with the skins instead of pressing it. The cap in this process has a tendency to rise to the top and the winemaker must push it down, two or three times a day, to maintain contact.)
Suggested Retail 35.00/750ml
Double Gold Medal 2017 Texas Consumer Wine Judging
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Sept. 30, Oct. 10 2014
Sugar: 25.8 Brix
43% Star Lane
5% Petit Verdot Curtis
23% new French oak
Total Acid: .67
Bottled: March 15, 2016
Production: 544 cases