The 2019 vintage brought on slightly cooler weather and more of an abundance of rain in comparison to the 2018 vintage. We saw a later kickoff to budbreak, bloom, and flowering due to the lower temperatures with another mild frost season. The mildew pressures were at an all-time high than we've seen in many years due to the rain and lower temperatures. The summer and fall months were similar to 2018, with heat spikes in early September.
Harvest started a little later than in 2018, and seemed to last longer overall. The results were slightly below average yields with a good quality vintage that shows a great expression of the vintage.
The 2019 T'aya blend shows a powerful Marsanne nose with notes of citrus, honeysuckle, orange blossom, and a hint of marcona almond. The wines rich texture showcases the long finish while notes of Asian pear, chamomile, grapefruit, and minerality give it a complex, yet creamy palate. The lees aging balanced with the citrus acidity drive this wine and keeps your palate fresh.
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.
Complex flavors in the Rhône blend are a perfect pairing for spicy cuisine while also being a delight for lighter fare such as white fish and lean meats. Some of our favorites include a traditional Spanish paella, pan seared diver scallops in a lemon garlic sauce, or an Indian chicken curry.