We planted the 26 acre Three Creek Vineyard in the eastern end of Santa Ynez in Santa Barbara County starting in 2001. The full potential of the hillside gravelly serpentine soil in the area known as Happy Canyon to produce world class Bordeaux-styled wines had not been realized at the time. We started with a large measure of Syrah, some Cab Franc, Sangiovese, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. In the ensuing years, the quality of the Bordeaux varieties came through, and in 2009 the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA was approved.
We have improved and reshaped the vineyard over time, with the excellent counsel of our vineyard management company – Coastal Vineyard Care, led by Jeff Newton, who have farmed the vineyard since 2005. The vineyard is now planted to 5.6 acres of Sauvignon Blanc, 4.5 acres Cabernet Franc, 4.3 acres Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.3 acres Sangiovese, 2.1 acres Petit Verdot, 1 acre each for Malbec and Merlot, 4 acres of Syrah, and 0.5 acres of Semillon. This aligns with our red wines program of straight Bordeaux varieties (Le Clos Secret), straight Sangiovese (Gran Premio), straight Syrah (Cimarone Reserve and 3CV) and Cabernet-Syrah blends (BANK and Cilla’s Blend).
We aim at the very best in vineyard management and winemaking. Coastal Vineyard Care Associates are the pre-eminent high-level farming company in the California Central Coast. Coastal Vineyard Care employs sustainable farming practices, targeting low yields and very high quality.