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Santa Barbara Winery Releases 2011 McGinley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2011-cabernet-sauvignon-b-gl-webAfter over a quarter century of making Cabernet Sauvignon from our Lafond Vineyard, Winemaker Bruce McGuire is now sourcing this grape from the warmer, eastern side of the Santa Ynez Valley.

This 2011 vintage is from a low vigor block in the warmer Happy Canyon appellation, on the Los Padres side of Hwy 154. Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara is the newest of five Santa Barbara County AVAs as of 2009, located in the north-east Santa Ynez Valley.

It is described as a bucolic canyon of hillside vineyards. Differentiated from the rest of Santa Barbara County, it has decidedly hotter temperatures and a high-magnesium mineral terroir.

These unique factors and micro- climate make this area suitable for producing Bordeaux varietals with concentrated flavors and a ripe fruit quality that has been difficult to achieve in the cooler areas of Santa Barbara County.

Winemaker’s comments: Our Block, on an elevated Mesa, has small low vigor vines that produce rich concentrated fruit. A 53 days maceration on the skins provides textural length to the persistent finish.

(Extended maceration is the process of keeping a wine, which has fermented dry, in contact with the skins instead of pressing it. The cap in this process has a tendency to rise to the top and the winemaker must push it down, two or three times a day, to maintain contact.)

Suggested retail 32.00/750ml
To order: www.sbwinery.com