The 2021 vintage enjoyed optimal ripeness, tempered by the transverse valley of Santa Barbara County. While considered a riper-style vintage than others in recent history, the team harvested on the earlier side (between 23.3 and 23.9 brix) and after tasting from the barrel at the beginning of this year, the juiciness, accessible style, and use of only neutral barrels for a release at the beginning of July. With classic notes of black cherry, chocolate, mint and peppercorns, this release of Roman Ceremony is a Cabernet Sauvignon meant to be enjoyed tonight!
The Cabernet Sauvignon for this project was sourced in a partnership with two organic vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley. One is within the Happy Canyon AVA with a south-facing orientation on gravelly loam and studded with diverse rocky galets. The second is in the Los Olivos AVA on a bench-like terrace of fine, sandy loam with clay subsoil, and was planted to budwood from Cheval Blanc and is lovingly farmed with the application of a biodynamic worm compost tea. The combination of these two terroirs is perfectly suited to Bordelaise varietals, offering a Cabernet Sauvignon with elegance and grace.
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