Rancho Boa Vista is a certified organically farmed, 10 acre vineyard in the Ballard Canyon AVA. Rancho Boa Vista is unique as a site because the lower section of the vineyard (where the grenache is planted) is almost entirely sand. Meanwhile, the upper blocks are planted in a shale that’s mixed through clay loam.
Ballard Canyon has gained renown for its success with Syrah and to a lesser extent, Grenache. The deliciousness of the wines that come from this stretch or road in Santa Barbara County is due in large part to the Fog that enters Ballard Canyon from its Southern opening along the East-West running Santa Ynez Valley, which is open to the ocean. The Santa Ynez Valley’s unusual orientation pulls maritime wind inland across the extended Santa Ynez Valley every afternoon + fog every evening. As the fog fills the Valley it rolls into Ballard Canyon settling into it at night, then burning off the Northern portions first thing in the morning + the Southern parts around 9 or 10AM.
In the winery, we de-stemmed 75% of the fruit leaving 25% of the clusters in the fermentation. We like to leave Grenache on skins a little longer than other varieties, and this lot was on skins for about a month - pumped over once daily. We aged the wine in neutral French oak for 14 months before bottling. The result is fresh and defined with blackberry, cracked pepper, and black tea flavors.
$45 / Bottle ($36.90 Member Price)
108 cases produced