This ruby colored wine is brooding with aromatics of rose petals, violets, raspberry, clove, and maraschino cherries. This medium-bodied wine is perfectly balanced between its impressively lively acidity and elegant structure. The blueberries, Chinese five spices, mint, and sweet tobacco introduce you to a softer texture and rounded, dry tannins. It is perfectly balanced with supple beauty while still being robust. This long, supple finish with smooth tannins that resonate on your palate and entices another sip.
Camp 4 Vineyard is situated on the eastern most edge of the Santa Ynez Valley and serves as the gateway to Happy Canyon. The vineyard is hot to 18 varietals focusing on Rhone and Bordeaux, providing an ideal micro-climate 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 2016 started with a fairly mild winter which caused vines to come out of their dormancy earlier than normal. We also saw lower than average rainfall for the fourth consecutive year. A smooth frost season led to an ideal bloom time. During this time, we saw lower rainfall and limited wind which translated into a successful fruit set and eventually one of our higher yields for Camp 4 Vineyard. A warm summer initiated an early harvest, however the majority of the harvest season was conducted in balanced temperatures leading to favorable conditions and longer hang time. Both of these scenarios allowed for greater flavor development and concentration similar to what we saw in 2015. Unlike the 2015 vintage however, the harvest was extended allowing the fruit to produce balanced chemistry and vibrant aromatic profiles. The wines of this vintage showed the highest potential since the 2013 vintage and highlights a great depth, concentration, flavor, and balance.
70% Grenache, 24% Carignan, 6% Syrah; Cases Produced: 220
Food Pairing Notes
The bright acidity in this blend pairs perfectly with twice-glazed asian barbecued chicken served with a zesty sesame cucumber salad. Some of our other favorite pairings for this wine are spice-rubbed grilled chicken fajitas, ratatouille, sausage and peppers and even an olive tapenade dip.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine - 92 points;
Vinous Media - 92 Points;
Jeb Dunnuck - 90 Points;
Central Coast Wine Competition - Silver