Martellotto "Il Capoccia" Riserve Red Blend Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara 2016

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Deep, dark and brooding, this is a masterwork, a capolavoro, from Martellotto. A true reflection of the great possibilities of Bordeaux varietals in Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, this wine is a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

The wine label is also a veritable work of art. Prof. John Langdon is the world's leading exponent of ambigrams (Da Vinci Code fame). He designed the Martellotto label as a totem that is a mirror image and symmetrical down the middle. The label heralds a new era in wine label design and art. Wine combines nature, organic chemistry and science, as well as the artistry of the winemaker's hand. If you look closely at the label, you can find the "ARTE" in this wine.

About the winery and vineyard: The roots and family of Martellotto trace their way back to the 17th century, linked to the southern Italian town of Alberobello in Puglia that’s listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Winemaker Greg Martellotto upholds the spectacular origins laid down by his family by making enticing, vibrant wines that speak to his own viticultural passion. He accomplishes this through a deft combination of sourcing sustainably farmed grapes from California’s choicest vineyards and deploying creative, progressive techniques to produce outstanding value wines that capture pinpoint varietal expression. Under Greg and Mike’s skilled guidance, these special grapes are transformed into a terrific limited production label that can stand proudly within any self-respecting wine lover’s collection, at a fraction of the price.

About the winemakers:  The one-two punch of winemaker Greg Martellotto and consultant Mike Roth bring a sublime mix of globally-inspired acumen and impressive connections to each vineyard they touch. Since jumping into winemaking in 2005, Greg has honed his craft amongst vines planted in Mexico, Italy, Napa Valley, and the California Central Coast. These travels have forged a deeply creative approach to winemaking fundamentals like fermentation technique and blending. Mike’s impressive resume include stints under Napa pioneers Mike Grgich and Nils Venge. His career trajectory has shaped him to be an authority in the fields of biodynamics and natural winemaking.


Awarded 97pts, Best in Show, and the #1 wine at the Global Wine Challenge in Las Vegas in 2018. The judges blind tasted hundreds of wines and the judges included two Master Somms and one Master of Wine.