This is a very strange wine. Been watching the whole Ballard Canyon/ Happy Canyon AVA thing lately and several things tasted are noteworthy. However, this is not one of them. 75 MT 20 cab and smidgens of franc, bec and PV. If I had tasted this blind, I would have sworn it was a Sierra/Calveras/Amador zin or PS. Really cheap fruit-forward nose. Pink edges. Fairly well fruited, but of a category and type I prefer NOT. And then it has this smoky, briary background in the nose and entry which make me sit up. REally a strange wine and prob won’t buy more. Very young, yes. But it is flawed. It is not a serious MT-based BDX. It is not a serious MT. It is not a serious red wine. It has serious PARTS, but that nose just blows it. Would be interesting to taste at 5 and 10 though….. 14-1 and a solid ♦ wine.
August, 2013: SB’s newest AVA. Basically a lower Pom or st. Em. Quite nice. Fairly simple but solid. And the pricepoint is nice. ♦