|2014 Grenache (Bates Ranch)|
There is, in my view, no other region in California that compares to the Santa Cruz Mountains for producing wines of distinctive terroir expression. Something about its mountain soils and mix of sandstone and greenstone, plus the lush surrounding herbs that encircle its tiny vineyards and impart their own distinctive “air-oir” gives each vineyard a unique stamp. The area is moderated by heavy Pacific influence but also lifted above the fog so that it enjoys plenty of cool direct sunlight, the perfect recipe for the grape to express itself.
|2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (PennyFarthing)|
Before it was taken from its cradle in France and raised in the New World as a muscular brute, Cabernet (in both its varietal manifestations) had aristocratic roots which obliged it to greatness by striving to inspire rather than to assault. Our winery’s notion of Cabernet Sauvignon aligns not with the fruitforward, fleshy style of Australia, but with the sinewy, deeply energetic offerings of Bordeaux.