“Abalone Shell” in the Native language of Samala. A southern style Rhone blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc.
90 SCORE – Terroirist.com, February 2016
90 SCORE – Vinous, September 2016
89 SCORE – Wine Enthusiast, May 2016
88 SCORE – Wine Spectator, April 2016
88 SCORE – The Wine Advocate, August 2016
Estate Oak Club $18.70 /bottle Reserve Oak Club $17.60 /bottle
The vintage of 2014 brought a third year in a row of excellent wines. We saw a shorter growing season, with one of the earliest harvests on record. This was due to a mild winter, early bud break, and a mild summer that led to picking three weeks earlier than last year. Some of the late ripeners came in earlier than expected which led to a compressed harvest towards the end of picking. Overall we saw a little more rainfall than in 2013, but it still proved to be a record-breaking drought year. We also saw an above normal crop size with higher juice yields.
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 19 varietals focusing on Rhone and Bordeaux, providing an ideal microclimate 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 and the focus on sustainable farming.
Complex flavors in the Rhone blend of Marsanne, Roussanne, and Grenache Blanc make a match in heaven with spicy Asian and vegetarian cuisine. Although this white wine pairs beautifully with fish and other lighter flavors such as a crab salad with ginger and orange peel, it can also shine with a sautéed chicken and vegetable puree.