Santa Barbara County
The 3,200 ft elevation provides the grapes with not only quality air, but also natural water drainage. Because cold air is heavier than warm air, colder air tends to settle at lower elevations, reducing the potential of frost on the vines. The natural water drainage system at higher elevations minimizes the chance of standing water- which has the potential to limit nutrients the vines bring up from the soil. The block from where we pick our cabernet sauvignon is a gradual slope which aids the drainage of cold air.
The aromatics and flavors of our Cabernet Sauvignon rely heavily on the soil. Sandy, gravelly soil is responsible for fruiter and higher quality grapes because of its ability to drain well and retain heat, unlike finer soils that produce more vegetative, grassy flavors. This type of soil also eliminates the threat of phylloxera, a invasive pest.