2018 Genuine Risk Santa Barbara Red Blend


Genuine Risk is named after a Kentucky Derby winning filly that was raised in Santa Ynez Valley just down the road from this vineyard.

The 2018 is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Cabernet Franc. Hints of red plum, blueberry, hazelnut, and red licorice. The palate is full and round with the fruit on the forefront followed by a hint of peppercorn spice on the finish.

A lovely red blend, perfect for a BBQ!


Aged for 12 months in 15% new French oak and only 400 cases produced.


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Red Blends Wines

One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

Central Coast, California

When we speak of Central Coast, CA were including numerous diverse regions from Santa Cruz down through Santa Barbara counties. This encompasses smaller areas such as Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, Monterey AVA, Paso Robles AVA, Santa Maria Valley AVA, Santa Ynez Valley AVA, and Sta. Rita Hills AVA. The Central Coast is responsible for many great value wines from a multitude of grape varietals depending on the climate within the specific designated areas. From the coastal AVA’s with influence from the fog and cooling effects, you will find Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The inland AVA’s are much warmer, like Paso Robles, so look here for outstanding Syrah, Grenache, Zinfandel, or Rhône-style blends.

The wines at Holus Bolus are made by the husband and wife team of Peter Hunken and Amy Christine MW. Since 2003 they have made the wines at their winery in the “Lompoc Wine Ghetto” in northern Santa Barbara County, California. The first vintage of Holus Bolus was in 2003 followed shortly thereafter in 2005 with the first release of Hocus Pocus Syrah and Genuine Risk.  In addition to farming their own vineyard, they work with growers who are focused on producing high quality, organically grown grapes from unique sites in the county.

Bordeaux varieties from Santa Ynez Valley are quite different than those grown in Napa Valley. Santa Ynez is a cooler region, therefore the wines tend to have a bit more natural acidity, structure + less alcohol and over-ripe flavors.

For 2018 the wine is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 12 months in 15% new French oak, only 400 cases produced, 13.7% alcohol.

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