Wine Information: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sangiovese,Primitivo
Vineyard: Rancho Baila Sol
Appellation: Ventura County
Harvest Date: September 11
Alcohol by Volume: 13.9%
Growing Season: 15 inches of rain fell in Santa Rosa Valley over the rainy season. Mean temperatures in the summer was 69 degrees and in the fall it was 67 degrees. The average high temperature over that period was 81 degrees.
Vineyard: Rancho Baila Sol is located in Santa Rosa Valley in coastal Ventura County. The valley opens to the ocean which draws cool air each afternoon. It is flat with deep loose soils with high calcium content. The vineyard is planted to own-rooted Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sangiovese, and Primitivo. The vines are vertically head-trained on a spacing of eight foot by eight foot. It receives moderate irrigation over the growing season.
Winemaking: The vineyard was picked at an average ripeness of 24 brix-and delivered as a single field blend to the winery where it was hand-sorted, destemmed, and gently crushed. The must underwent a two day cold soak in an open top vessel before being inoculated with domesticated yeast. The juice spent a total of 17 days on the skins and was dry at pressing with a pH of 3.67. The wine spent 10 months in a neutral oak barrel before bottling and spent an additional 8 months in the bottle before release.
Tasting Notes: Black cherry and smoke on the nose. Black currant, cedar notes and herbs accompany a full body and firm tannin structure.
Critical Reviews: 90 pts & Editor's Choice - Wine Enthusiast