"The Santa Ynez Valley, especially the Santa Rita Hills on the western end, is best known for pinot noir and chardonnay. But the east end, which goes by the name Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, is better suited for warmer-climate grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon. This bottle from Ground Effect is not a small wine. Its spicy and herbal, yet not at all sweet or thick, a reminder of what can be great about California Cabernet. Bring on the steaks and burgers."~Eric Asimov
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"In our constant search for wines that over deliver in quality for the price, we were lucky to get in on the "ground" floor of winemaker Ryan Roark's newest project. Ryan is one of the emerging winemakers in Southern California producing small lots of premium wines under his namesake label Roark Wine Company. Ryan's goal for his Ground Effect label is to produce a wine that is serious but approachable in its youth and to bottle a dynamic Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Ynez that exceeds expectations and price point."