A deep colored wine with vibrant aromatics of black cherry, clove, tobacco and boysenberry with hints of violets and espresso. This full bodied wine is layered with savory notes of black pepper, cassis, mint and hints of vanilla. The refined tannins and bright acidity make this elegant wine linger on your tongue and define the balance on your palate.
Los Angeles International Wine Competition - Silver
Camp 4 Vineyard is situated on the eastern most edge of the Santa Ynez Valley and serves as the gateway into Happy Canyon. The vineyard is home to 18 varietals focusing on Rhone and Bordeaux, providing an ideal microclimate with a long growing season and maximum flavor development. The sandy-loam soil aids in producing high quality wine grapes. We pride our vineyard on the perfect balance of quality and quantity with a focus on sustainable farming.
The vintage of 2014 brought a third year in a row of excellent wines. We saw a shorter growing season, with one of the earliest harvests on record. This was due to a mild winter, early budbreak, and a mild summer that led to picking three weeks earlier than last year. Some of the late ripeners came in earlier than expected which led to a compressed harvest towards the end of picking.
Overall we saw a little more rainfall than in 2013, but it still proved to be a record-breaking drought year. We also saw a slightly above average crop size in most of the varietals, which led to higher juice yields. For wine quality, this translates to good acidity due to the early pick, great complexity and structure in balance with a lower alcohol.
Food Pairing Notes
Because of the brightness from acidity in this wine it lends to a multitude of food pairings. Anything from lamb, burgers, vegetable tarts and spaghetti with meatballs will all pair wonderfully with this wine. A favorite of ours has been a filet mignon with a rich balsamic glaze and served with roasted potatoes, green beans and a simple side salad. Other excellent dish pairings include blue cheese burgers, lasagna, and Asian style barbeque lamb ribs.
Cases Produced: 294