V3 – Vintage 2011


Made of 100% estate grown grapes from the Baehner-Fournier Vineyard, our 2011 V3 expresses the sand and gravelly-clay terroir of the 5 ridgeline and radically sloped blocks that comprise the ranch. Planted in soils very similar to those of Bordeaux, the vines are subjected to blustery winds and extremes of temperature that produce small berries and concentrated flavors. Fruit, picked at moderate levels of ripeness, is destemmed and gently crushed to small open top fermenters and, after a 3 day cold-soak, spends and average of 18 days on skins to best extract the intense flavors and aromas that the estate vineyard produces. Aging for 18 months in 33% new French oak and a traditional fining with 2 egg whites per barrel have resulted in a firm and vibrant mouthfeel, with mocha-tinged aromas and flavors.

Sophisticated aromas of coffee and blackberry are complimented by similar flavors of dark fruits and black cherries. On the palate, our 2011 V3 is notable for its noble structure that is a reflection of the cool 2011 vintage. Delicious now, the wine’s firm tannins and fresh acid suggest that it will benefit from several years of careful cellaring. Optimum window of enjoyment: 2014 through 2021.

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Double Gold Medal Score 97 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Gold Medal Score 91 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Silver Medal 2014 Orange County Wine Soc. Commercial Wine Competition


V3 – Vintage 2009

2009V3front_webThis bottling represents the third release of our Gold Medal award winning “V3” Blend, and we feel it may be our best yet. Grown entirely on the steep hillsides of our estate vineyards in the Eastern Santa Ynez Valley, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot offers the vineyard’s signature flavors and aromas of cherry, cassis, rose petals and sweet spices. Bold and complex on the palate, the wine will continue to age and develop further complexity in the bottle for many years. 248 cases produced.

2009 V3 is available only in Magnum 1.5 Liter bottles.


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Gold Medal 2011 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal at the 35th Annual Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Competition June  2011
Gold Medal- 2011 Riverside International Wine Competition