Known for its extended growing season and unique east-west valleys, Santa Barbara County offers grapes every opportunity to ripen to their fullest, thus delivering concentrated flavors and structure to the finished wines. Cool breezes from the nearby Pacific Ocean keep the temperatures mild and even most of the year, further enhancing fruit quality. Sandstone and limestone soils offer little in the way of nutrients, forcing the vines to struggle for growth, thereby producing berries packed with flavor intensity. A majority of the fruit for this wine came from Cat Canyon, which through its higher elevation and thus larger diurnal shifts in temperature, the grapes produce lovely acidity and intense tropical fruit flavors. After a gentle de-stemming process the whole berries were fermented in stainless steel open-top tanks and punched down daily. A portion of the wine gained complexity with time in exclusively French oak. The remainder of the blend was aged in stainless steel to preserve the fresh fruit flavors and maintain good acid structure to the finished wine. This wine opens with bright aromas of fresh strawberry, cherry pie and subtle cinnamon spice notes, leading to a juicy palate with flavors of red raspberry, strawberry and notes of sweet vanilla. Overall, well-balanced with bright acidity, smooth tannins and a lingering finish. Previous vintage scored a 92 point Gold Medal in the Critics Challenge Wine Competition. Going Fast!