Originally, land once used for seasonal cattle grazing between the mainland and Channel Islands, the first grapes were planted in 1974. Situated close to the Santa Ynez River, where the fog lingers longer than most sites in the valley. These vines were planted among stone, gravel, clay and river rocks.
I chose to pick these grapes around 21.5 brix, in an effort to retain acidity and lower pH than in the past. This wine was barrel fermented and aged in neutral French oak for 16 months. I love the floral and citrus aromatics in this wine and as always, there is great weight and viscosity on the mouth.