This 2016 red blend is 85% Cabernet Franc and 15% Syrah sourced from a single vineyard in the San Benito AVA of Monterey County and from vines in the Santa Rita Hills AVA of Santa Barbara County, respectively. It was aged for 10 months in two to three year old barrels and only 500 cases were produced. We have enjoyed previous bottlings of this wine whose overall varietal blend changes every vintage, yet it always ends up being a really tasty, very easy to drink wine.
Now, with the significant presence of Cabernet Franc, the 2016 delivers more of that wonderful herbal, olive, darker fruited character. As winemaker Peter Hunken points out, “the introduction of Syrah into the blend has added round dark fruit and helps soften the wine and make it approachable immediately." We couldn't agree more with that assessment and with Peter's conviction that "while this is not a typical "Bordeaux" blend these two varieties complement each other quite well."