Mission Codename V12
We sure hope you were able to grab some of the SELL OUT 2013 vintage of this last month… if you did, and already drank one, well, read no further as this is even better! A year more mature, softer, but equally pure and intense. It took five long vintages to convince Tony Vincent that the wines bearing his name were finally ready for release. For the inaugural 2010s, Wine Enthusiast awarded multiple 90+ scores and proclaimed that; “a promising, well-funded project” had arrived on the fine wine scene.
Just shy of ruby leaning to a gorgeously bright shade of garnet with scarlet reflections. Pure violets, blackberries, and minerals enhance the terrific core of plums and nutmeg with the bouquet here. A beautiful ripple of charcoal for texture, bright acidity for balance and a bolt of tannin define the silky mouthfeel. Layered and long on the super impressive finish, with everything in the right proportion, harmonious and structured. Enjoy with aged cheeses, charcuterie, or with an elaborate meal around a festive roast.
In praise of this style and terroir, Decanter magazine astutely reports; “When the critically acclaimed Jonata (sister to Screaming Eagle) winery was exploring initial vineyard sites in Santa Barbara’s Santa Ynez Valley back in 2000, it invited select experts from across the globe to advise on everything from vineyard placement to density. The winemaker remembers one specific visit from a French winemaker from Bordeaux: ‘He walked around, saying little. After digging the soil a bit with his pocket knife, he snapped it shut and, with a pronounced sniff, told us to plant asparagus.’ Thankfully, Jonata ignored his advice and proceeded to cultivate world-class wines, garnering high praise for its Bordeaux varietals.”
Just last year, San Francisco Chronicle echoed with; “Santa Barbara is the most dynamic wine scene in California” explaining “There is no more dynamic of a wine-tasting scene in the world than what can be experienced in Santa Barbara County right now. Thanks to the Transverse Range, the mountains and valleys on this southwestern corner of California run east to west, rather than north to south, it’s the only place on the West Coast of the Americas where this geographic anomaly occurs. Viticulturally, the significance is that the Santa Ynez and Santa Maria valleys open directly onto the frigid Pacific Ocean, and then snake inland, where the climate grows warmer each mile as the impact of fog and wind dwindle. That means while cool-climate varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can thrive near the coast, grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc that enjoy a bit more heat can excel in the deeper areas.”
Years before that though, Wine Spectator was first to rave about the potential of Bordeaux blends here; “Brander, Zaca Mesa, Firestone and Byron were early Cabernets advocates dating to the 1970s and 1980s. Those wines came from cooler parts of the county now favored for other grapes, and fell out of favor as those grapes gained popularity…. Modern viticultural practices and better matching grape to climate and soil types have given Cabernet in Santa Barbara a happy reprise. The further east and inland, the warmer the sites, and the happier for Cabernet.”
All that said, with over 70% savings bringing this to a mere $19 from its original $70, AND shipping included on 4 bottles, if you waited until you read this far, and still see some left to grab, max out your budget and make room in your stash, Bordeaux blends this good under $20 are rare as rare can be!
What the Winery Says
2012 'V Cuvée' Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Blend
- Roxie Ward
- 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot
- Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County
- 12 months in neutral French oak
- 8 barrels