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Star Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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750ML / 14.2% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

This vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon is as compelling as it is mysterious. The flavors one can specifically articulate seem to change with time; one-minute producing sage and blue fruits, another minute it’s tight and closed, and after a day of being open it feels lush in its middle-palate if tense on its finish. This dance in and out of full revelation has always been a trademark of youthful but age worthy wines which seem to need time to show their layers more clearly.

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V 94
Vinous
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Star Lane Vineyard is a gorgeous wine. It is also very young. In 2018, the Cabernet emphasizes fruit density and power, while the savory notes that are typical of this site are nearly buried. Blueberry, tobacco, licorice, smoke, incense and leather open with some coaxing, but the 2018 needs at least a few years in bottle.
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Jeb Dunnuck
Beautiful cassis, blackcurrants, tobacco, and sandalwood notions emerge from the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Star Lane Vineyard, and it’s medium-bodied, with a wonderful sense of elegance, silky tannins, and outstanding length. A classy, impeccably balanced Cabernet Sauvignon that shows the style of quality of this estate, it’s going to keep for 15+ years. The blend is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot, and the balance Malbec, all aged 22 months in 35% new French oak.
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Founded in 1996, Star Lane Vineyard was birthed from a 250-year vision instigated by the Dierberg family. Ten years into patient exploration for land to sustainably cultivate world class Bordeaux varietals, founders Jim and Mary eschewed the common path and saw unrealized potential in the Happy Canyon area of Santa Barbara County. Now in our second of 10-generation plan, we carry on a legacy of sustaining land through crafting high quality wine.

Since the early 19th century most of the acreage has been grazed to provide beef for local populations. This continues today and Star Lane Vineyard offers a slice of “old California” with ancient oak trees, pines, coastal chaparral, and numerous native plants. The Dierberg family planted east facing slopes in well drained silty-loam soils of various cobble content from magnesium rich serpentine to calcium/silica rich chert. Ranging from 750 to 1500 feet above sea level, it is one of the highest elevation vineyards in all of Santa Barbara County. The natural low vigor of the vines is excellent for developing flavors and depth in the wines while preserving freshness at reasonable potential alcohol levels.

In 2013 President and Winemaker Tyler Thomas joined the team to further drive discovery of the property through wine cultivation. Our focus is on small lot fermentations, minimally handled, to help discover the inherent nature of this varied property. “Great wine is discovered, not made,” Thomas noted, “and the goal of the winery is to serve the vineyard and overall sustainability of the property.”

By leveraging control over all our farming, a state-of-the-art facility, and simple winemaking designed to usher the fruit to the bottle, we produce numerous bottlings of certified sustainable Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah from Star Lane Vineyard.

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On the eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley, the rolling hills of the tiny Happy Canyon AVA produce top quality reds from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and whites from Sauvignon blanc. The region’s low-nutrient soil grows smaller vines and in turn, higher quality wine grapes.

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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.

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