Bordeaux varieties from Santa Ynez Valley are quite different than those grown in Napa Valley. We are in a cooler region with greater maritime influence and as a result the wines tend to have more natural acidity, a bit more structure, lower alcohol and less 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. For 2016 the blend is 85% Cabernet Franc and 15% Syrah. 2016 was a warm and early vintage across Santa Barbara County with almost all grapes harvested in early to mid-September.
Aged for 14 months in 15% new French oak, only 500 cases produced.