2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
This deep purple colored wine is brooding with aromatics of blackberry, boysenberry, sweet tobacco, pink peppercorns and cedar. The lively energy in this vintage of Cabernet is a true balance between the acidity and the well rounded tannins. The complexity of the flavors on the palate lead to an elegant and lengthy finish which defines the beauty and balance in this wine.
Central Coast Wine Competition 2019 – Gold
Vinous Media – 94 points
Wine Enthusiast Magazine – November 2019 – 93 points
Tasters Guild Wine Competition 2019 – Silver
International Women’s Wine Competition 2019 – Silver
Jeb Dunnuck, October 2019 – 89 points
Estate Oak Club $35.70/bottle Reserve Oak Club $33.60/bottle
The vintage of 2016 started with a fairly mild winter which caused vines to come out of their dormancy earlier than normal. We also saw lower than average rainfall for the fourth consecutive year. A smooth frost season led to an ideal bloom time. During this time, we saw lower rainfall and limited wind which translated into a successful fruit set and eventually one of our
higher yields for Camp 4 Vineyard. A warm summer initiated an early harvest, however the majority of the harvest season was conducted in balanced temperatures leading to favorable conditions and longer hang time. Both of these scenarios allowed for greater flavor development and concentration similar to what we saw in 2015. Unlike the 2015 vintage however, the harvest was extended allowing the fruit to produce balanced chemistry and vibrant aromatic profiles. The wines of this vintage showed the highest potential since the 2013 vintage and highlights a great depth, concentration, flavor, and balance.
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 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 the focus on sustainable farming.
The natural freshness coupled with elegant and refined body of this Cabernet provides a very versatile wine to be paired with food. A dry rubbed grilled ribeye steak served with garlic greens and roasted potatoes will stand up against the powerful mineral, earth, and spicy characteristics of this wine. Other pairings include ribs with smoky BBQ sauce, gourmet hamburgers, and even with your favorite pizza!