97% Merlot, 2.8% Cabernet Franc, 0.2% Petit Verdot. Aged for 15 months in 33% new, 33% once-used and 33% older French oak barrels with thin staves that allow gentle aeration. The theme of the 2011 growing season was mild and cool weather with more than normal cloud cover and fog. Budbreak was slightly later than normal and grapevine phenology tracked about 2 weeks late for the entire season. Intermittent spring rain interfered with fruit set to give a low cluster count and lower crops. Temperatures began to rise in August and then there were three heat events in September: one at the beginning, middle and end of the month reaching nearly 100˚F. This brought the early-ripening Merlot at the Soda Canyon Ranch to perfect maturity and Twomeyharvested from September 21st - 28th. Rains fell from October 3rd - 10th throughout the North Coast. Due to the naturally well-drained volcanic soils theywere able to conclude harvest with the Cabernet Franc on October 18th. The Merlot provides the rich core of this wine, while the small percentage of Cabernet Franc furnishes a liveliness, vibrancy and acid balance that perfectly complements the Merlot. The soupçon of Petit Verdot brightens the wine and adds musk and intensity
From the Santa Maria Valley of Santa Barbara. Aged for 15 months in 100% French...