Santa Barbara County
Star Lane (Happy Canyon), Kimsey (Ballard Canyon), Stolpman (Ballard Canyon)
54% New French Oak 46% Neutral French Oak
I cannot believe we are already releasing E99 No. 3, our annual Cabernet based blend. In 2017 the vines were particularly stingy, yielding pea sized berries, tiny clusters and a meager crop. Quantities on this bottling are unfortunately super low, but the flavor meter is turned to high. The juice that came from these small clusters is full of power and flavor. This opaque juice marinated in 54% New French Oak for 19 months before being gently bottled, unfined and unfiltered. We added a dollop of Syrah for aromatic intrigue, and co-fermented our Cabernet with 10% Petite Sirah for added color, power and structure.