Bordeaux varieties from Santa Ynez Valley are quite different than those grown in Napa Valley. We are in a cooler region so the wines tend to have a bit more natural acidity, structure and less alcohol and over-ripe flavors.
Genuine Risk is named after a Kentucky Derby winning filly that was raised in Santa Ynez Valley just down the road from this vineyard.
Each vintage the blend on Genuine Risk changes. In 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is the predominant variety: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% Merlot. This was a more “normal” vintage as far as summer temperatures, but after 3 cool years in a row it felt like a warm vintage. Cabernet ripened beautifully 2012 so it is the focus of this blend.
Aged for 14 months in 25% new French oak, only 500 cases produced.