The 2015 Crown Point Estate Selection is a classically-styled Bordeaux blend that not only reflects the true character of the vineyard, but also captures the unique nature of the vintage. Structured and refined, the precise, succulent tannins are indicative of a wine with a long life ahead of it in the cellar.
Crown Point is nestled amongst the foothills of the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA (American Viticultural Area), where the east-west running Santa Ynez mountain range intersects with the north-south San Rafael mountain range. The east-west traverse mountain range is a geographical anomaly in itself, and only one of a few in the world. The mountains that flank the valley channel the cool oceanic winds into the very warm Happy Canyon every evening, creating a fifty-degree swing between daytime high and nighttime low temperatures.
These distinct climatic conditions, coupled with the vineyard’s south-facing orientation and its gravely loam soil studded with mineral-laden rocks, are all factors in what makes Crown Point a profoundly unique place to grow Bordeaux grape varieties.
Crown Point is a 104 acre ranch, 50 acres of which are planted to vines, exclusively Bordeaux varieties.
100% Estate Grown, Produced & Bottled
71% Cabernet Sauvignon / 9% Cabernet Franc / 9% Petit Verdot / 9% Malbec / 2% Merlot
Dark and thick in appearance, this estate blend from winemaker Adam Henkel and proprietor Roger Bower shows a tremendous cassis aroma, with splashes of smoke, dried purple flowers and baking spice. The palate begins with a lavish entry of polished tannins that still have some teeth, providing tension that carries the dark fruit flavors deep into the finish. - Reviewed by Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast, 97 Points.