This blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah is a balanced wine that highlights the beauty of these three varietals. A ruby colored wine with bright aromatics of maraschino cherry, hibiscus, cinnamon, clove and fresh shaved truffles. The palate is medium bodied with layers of vanilla, spice and black pepper and rose petals. As it evolves on your palate the complexity overtakes you and highlights the round tannic structure. The elegant smooth finish elongates and lingers on your palate while highlighting the balance in the varietals.
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.
The structure and acidity in this wine make it an easy compliment to many foods but a favorite of ours has been stir fried pork with veggies and cabbage as well as a pepperoni and peppers pizza. The lively acidity plays nicely with a pappardelle mushroom ragu and an assortment of cheese and charcuterie.