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2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Happy Canyon

90 points - Wine Enthusiast

Winemaker Bruce McGuire sourced grapes from Happy Canyon for our 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon. Happy Canyon is the warmest AVA in Santa Barbara County, and is known for producing quality reds. The magnesium-rich soil works well with Bordeaux varietals, and our 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect example. Full-bodied and well-balanced, this wine is a good candidate for aging.

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SKU: 31018
Wine Specs
Santa Barbara County
Vineyard Designation
Dierberg Vineyard; McGinley Vineyard
Harvest Date
Nov 1-2, 2018
24.3 Brix
Bottling Date
June 25, 2020
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Aromas of black cherry, blueberry and cedar pull you into a soft and inviting palate with cherry, caramel and a hint of pepper. It sticks the landing with tight tannins and acidity. Decanting suggested.
Vineyard Notes
6% Dierberg Cabernet Sauvignon; 82% McGinley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon; Happy Canyon AVA; 12% Curtis Vineyard Petit Verdot; Santa Ynez Valley AVA
Production Notes
18 barrel blend; 22% new French oak; 440 cases produced
Winemaker Notes
Happy Canyon is the warmest appellation in Santa Barbara County and very well-suited for Bordeaux varieties. Dierberg Vineyard grapes have more structure and density while McGinley Vineyard grapes are more fragrant and supple - resulting in a complete version of Happy Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon.
Food Pairing Notes
Red meat; sausages; tacos; steak dinner