The warm, long growing season in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County is about as Provençal as it gets in California. Camp 4 Vineyard was planted to Rhone varietals by Fess Parker and is now owned by the Chumash Indian tribe. It has become one of the top sources for Rhone grapes in the Santa Ynez Valley. The vineyard is planted on sandy loam soils, ideal for these naturally vigorous varietals, and experiences cool afternoon breezes blowing east from the Pacific through the Santa Rita Hills.
Hand picked in the cool of the early morning and whole cluster pressed. Fermented in a combination of neutral puncheons and foudre (1200 gallon French oak cask) much like most Bandol roses. Spontaneous native yeast fermented. Aged on the lees for 6 months with periodic batonnage. Fined using bentonite (clay) only for heat stability.