Overview of the Wine
Roger Bower, the owner and visionary behind Crown Point, purchased the property in Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA in 2012 after recognizing its potential to produce world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. Nestled in the Eastern-most foothills of this transverse valley, Crown Point has a distinct terroir which is perfectly suited for the Bordeaux varieties. Philippe Melka and Michel Rolland are the consulting winemakers and share Roger's vision for producing estate wines to rival the best in the world. Simon Faury, formerly of Merryvale, Harlan Estate, and a native of the Northern Rhone, is the head winemaker. Simon trained in Bordeaux at several First Growth Estates, as well as at top estates in Barolo, Mendoza, and Australia. Simon has his Master’s Degree in Viticulture and Enology from The University of Bordeaux. Juve Buenrostro has managed their vineyard in Happy Canyon for twenty years. This remarkable team produces hand-crafted small lots of all five Bordeaux varieties from the estate to create two Grand Vins: Crown Point Cabernet Sauvignon and Crown Point Estate Selection. The wines are made in the vineyard and spend extended time in the cellar before release. Each wine is a unique expression of the vintage and meticulous selection at every stage. The results are rich, concentrated, voluptuous and regal wines of depth and character unrivaled in the area and in California. Crown Point wines are approachable today, yet will age gracefully for many years to come. Humbled by the extraordinary press that the wines have received since the inaugural release in the Fall of 2016, the quest for greatness continues.
The Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara American Viticultural Area where the east-west running Santa Ynez mountain range intersects with the north-south San Rafael mountain range. The east-west transverse mountain range is geographical anomaly in itself, and only one of a few in the world. While Happy Canyon sits as little as 12 miles to the north of the Pacific Ocean as the crow flies, the west-to-east running mountain range protects the vineyards from direct oceanic influence, but also traps the heat of the Santa Ynez Valley during the day. Cooling breezes and a fog-rich marine layer also roll through the canyon in the late afternoon and early morning, creating a wide temperature swing between daytime highs and nighttime lows. Their location is unique in that they do not experience the heat spikes felt in the North-South running Napa Valley.
Happy Canyon’s warm micro-climate is the perfect home for Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as many Rhône varietals. The soil, a mixture of loam and clay loam with interspersed cobbles, is high in mineral levels while low in nutrients, resulting in small vines and very low grape yields—a circumstance that results in concentrated flavors and excellent terroir expression.
92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec
Santa Barbara, California
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The 2016 Crown Point Cabernet Sauvignon is a full, rich, and beautiful wine that beckons both the nose and palate with a sense of textural generosity and aromatic complexity. Blue and black fruits are beautifully woven through its powerful core of minerality, accented by subtle notes of cocoa & toasted spices. This wine possesses an energy and freshness that indicates a long life ahead of it.
Mother Nature graced the estate with a near-perfect growing season in 2016. Conditions in the vineyard were optimal for producing evenly ripe, concentrated fruit, which displayed rich, developed tannins right off of the vine. In keeping with tradition, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from multiple blocks on the estate, from a range of clones that all contribute different expressions of the variety to the wine. Small quantities of the other four noble Bordelaise varieties were added to the final blend for polish and complexity. All of the blocks were harvested & fermented separately, and the individual components were blended after 12 months of élevage in barrel. Total time in 225 liter French oak barrels (70% new) was 26 months.
97 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
The Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated cuvée is the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (92% Cabernet Sauvignon with tiny amounts of the other varieties on the property). It’s cut from the same cloth as the Estate Selection, yet with just a touch more classic Cabernet blue fruits, purity, and precision. Blackcurrants, cassis, crushed violets, graphite, and lead pencil notes all give way to a powerful, concentrated, beautifully pure Cabernet that has ultra-fine tannins, a seamless texture, building tannins, and a great, great finish. It's another magical wine from this team that's going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for two decades.
97 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Aromas of black currant, toffee, caramel and coffee are wrapped in a lavish violet tone on the nose of this bottling. The tannic profile impresses, being polished yet firm and serious, and the flavors of deep strawberry, caramel, crushed stone and violet satisfy from start to finish.
95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is made up of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec. Medium to deep ruby-purple colored, it's very youthfully coiled with lots of baby fat, opening slowly to sage and menthol sparks, graphite, cedar, tobacco, dried flowers and grilled beef with tightly wound cassis, black plum and black and red cherry compote plus notions of flowers, licorice and savory hints. Full-bodied and youthful, it's packed to the gills with luscious fruits and a youthful framing of new oak, with loads of red fruit sparks and savory nuance. It has a framing of very fine, pixelated, detailed tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and full of flavor. Wow!
Product size: 750ml