2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
An intensely deep colored wine with a stunning nose of blackcurrants, blackberries, tobacco, cinnamon and clove with hints of cedar and sage. The palate is rich yet balanced with a lively acidity and complexity. This voluptuous full bodied wine has dynamic fruit flavors balanced with layers of spice, red cherries, espresso, white pepper and dried herbs. The palate of fruit and spice blends nicely into the velvety round tannins that highlight the defined and lengthy finish. This wine is the definition of balance. The elegance will linger in your palate while the acidity and tannin structure will leave you looking for another sip.
The vintage of 2017 saw the highest rainfall on record thus far, totaling just over 20 inches, nearly double than last year. We saw a mild frost season while bloom in May resulted in a strong fruit set seen across all varietals. The summer months of June and July were warm, maintaining an average of 85 degrees, with several days of 100+ degrees. The first week of September brought on the warmer days, influencing rapid sugar accumulation, followed by some early and undesirable rains, which brought on minimal rot in a few blocks. The yields were average resulting in a healthy crop. The quality was balanced, yielding small berries with great concentration and color, making it a vintage of high quality wine.
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.
This full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon has the tannins and structure to be able to shine alongside strong flavors and rich meals but the acid and the vibrancy to also pair with lighter dishes or can stand alone. The dark fruit and tobacco aromatics allow it to match well with meals like moms meatloaf paired with creamy mashed potatoes or barbeque grilled steak served with grilled vegetables. The lively acidity plays nicely with bacon wrapped dates or even Portobello mushrooms served with garlic and butter.