44% Grenache, 37% Syrah, 11% Mourvèdre, 4% Counoise. 4% Cinsault
Vineyard Regions: Los Olivos District, Ballard Canyon, Santa Maria Valley, Los Alamos, Foxen Canyon. Heat waves perpetuated picking, otherwise summer was consistently mild. Theoretically 2017 marked the official end of California’s five-year drought; it did not end it in Santa Barbara County. The wetter winter did have the
effect of percolating soils and reducing the salts in some of the vineyards. Clear skies and warm spring weather allowed for consistent flowering overall, with average to below average yields. We enjoyed fairly even ripening and picking was rhythmic.
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