We planted the 26 acre Three Creek Vineyard in the eastern end of Santa Ynez in Santa Barbara County starting in 2001. The hillside, gravelly serpentine soil in the area known as Happy Canyon had not yet realized its full potential as a producer of world class Bordeaux varietal wines. We initially planted a predominance of Syrah, with some Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. In the ensuing years, the quality of the Bordeaux varieties gained critical attention, and in 2009, the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara region gained its own Advanced Viticultural Area (AVA) designation.
The vineyard has been improved and reshaped over time, with the excellent counsel of the premier Santa Barbara vineyard management company, Coastal Vineyard Care. With a strong emphasis on Bordeaux varieties, it is now planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot, Semillon, and finally Syrah. This aligns with our red wines program of straight Bordeaux (Le Clos Secret and our straight Cabernet Sauvignon), straight Sangiovese (Cimarone Gran Premio), straight Syrah (Cimarone Reserve and 3CV) and Cabernet-Syrah blends (BANK and Cilla’s Blend).