Ground Effect Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Dive deep into the crystal clear ruby of our Caberent Sauvignon. Rich aromas of bold black currant, warm clove and crushed violet burst from the glass like the powerful sunshine of Happy Canyon. Flavors are full and everpresent. Ripe and juicy blackberry, cassis lead into a finish of dark chocolate, toffee and a splash of tart acidity. The finish and tannins are full, rich and thorough. Drink now and enjoy for years to come.
Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec
In their constant search for wines that over deliver in quality for the price, they were lucky to get in on the “ground” floor of this exciting, new project founded by John Kochis. John's experience in the Southern California wine industry has allowed him to assemble small lots of premium wine and create Ground Effect. The goal for Ground Effect label is to produce a wine that is serious but approachable in its youth and to bottle a dynamic Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Ynez that exceeds expectations and price point.
Ranging from cool and foggy in the west to warm and dry in the east, the Santa Ynez Valley is a climatically diverse growing area. The most expansive AVA within the larger Santa Barbara County region, Santa Ynez is also home to a wide variety of soil types and geographical features. The appellation is further divided into four distinct sub-AVAs—Sta. Rita Hills, Ballard Canyon, Los Olivos District and Happy Canyon—each with its own defining characteristics.
A wide selection of grapes is planted here—more than sixty different varieties, and counting. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir dominate in the chilly west, while Zinfandel, Rhône blends, and Bordeaux blends rule the arid east. Syrah is successful at both ends of the valley, with a lean and peppery, Old-World sensibility closer to the coast and lush berry fruit further inland.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.