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2018 Šuqštay

2018 Šuqštay

Šuqštay means “it’s bright” in the native Chumash language of Samala. Šuqštay joins T’aya, Spe’y, and Kalaš in our Blending the Elements collection representing the fourth natural element – fire. It represents the sun, and serves as the provider of light, warmth, and growth.

This Sparkling wine has aromatics of lemon, citrus, mango rind, and candied ginger.  It also has hints of toasted bread, white floral, and crème brûlée.  The mouthfeel shows its freshness with a touch of brioche.  The brightness of this Sparkling wine carries from mid-palate to the finish.  It has really tight bubbles that bursts with creaminess.  This was aged for 3 years on lees.

Like the 2016, this wine was carefully hand riddled and hand disgorged without freezing. It has aromatics of lemon lime, green apple jolly rancher, asian pear, honeysuckle, and brioche. On the palate, it’s lively and bound with delicate tight bubbles bursting with brightness and complexity. It has flavors of toasted almond with layers of creaminess, and mixed with stone fruit and crème brûlée. It finishes with brightness and tangy bubbles that dance around on the palate, teasing you to want more.


The vintage of 2018 started with a mild winter which caused the vines to come out of their dormancy towards the end of March, beginning of April. A mild frost season of only 2-3 cold nights post bud bread lead to an ideal bloom. A decrease in rain from 2017 with a total of over 8 inches but also limited wind, translated to a successful and strong fruit set across all varietals at Camp 4 vineyard. Cooler summer and fall seasons elongated the growing season and pushed harvest back, reminding us of our inaugural vintage of 2010. This extended harvest allowed the fruit to produce balanced chemistry and vibrant aromatic profiles. The grapes of the 2018 vintage are showing extremely high potential with great depth, concentration, and balance.


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 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 the focus on sustainable farming.


Roasted squash salad with mint and pumpkin seeds, Brûléed Orange and Peach Salad with Burrata, halibut ceviche, clam chowder, duck confit, and creamy baked Mac and cheese.

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