Habit Red Wine Santa Ynez
|Bottle sizes:||750 ML|
|Varietal notes:||43% Cabernet Franc, 34% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot|
|Vineyard:||Sourced from the McGinley, Curtis and Grissini vineyards|
|Soil:||Loam and clay/loam soils|
|Viticulture:||farmed using sustainable and organic methods|
|Vinification:||fermented in a combination of tank and neutral oak|
|Aging:||Aged in French oak for 24 months, a small percentage being new|
Lastly, and my favorite in the lineup, the 2013 Red Wine (46% Cabernet Franc, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and the balance Petit Verdot) has a pretty, herbal bouquet of black cherries, blackberry, chocolate and earth to go with a medium-bodied, juicy, downright quaffable style on the palate. Aged two years in 30% new French oak, I doubt it will make old bones, but I would happily drink glasses over the coming 3-4 years.
The 2013 Red Wine, Habit's Cabernet Franc-dominated blend, is fabulous. Raspberry jam, rose petals, mint, anise and savory herbs are fused together in a deep, unctuous yet mid-weight wine loaded with personality. I am not sure how the 2013 will age, but it is joyously beautiful and radiant today. The 2013 spent two years in barrel.