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