2020 Cabernet Franc – Clos Mullet Vineyard


Single vineyard, single varietal, same headache*.

On the nose: Black pepper, cranberries, forest floor.
Palate: Black pepper, tea leaves, black olives, currants.

Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Vineyard: Clos Mullet Vineyard (Organically-grown grapes.)
Brix at Harvest: 22
Aging: Two large, 500-L neutral barrels. Aged on the lees for approximately 16 months.
Production: 112 cases made.
Alcohol: 13.0%
Bottling Date: December 2021
Unfined and unfiltered wine.

*The winery work. Not the hangover.


The Kings Carey 2020 Cabernet Franc – Clos Mullet Vineyard was bottled December 2021. Only 112 cases made.

The vineyard: Organically-farmed, minimal stewardship. Clos Mullet Vineyard lies within the town of Los Alamos, CA, Santa Barbara County AVA. The vineyard is owned and farmed by our friend, mentor, and winemaking colleague, Michael Roth.

The label (and here’s where things get serious): Another one of Hawk Krall’s original designs, the label for Kings Carey’s first foray into Cab Franc was initially inspired by the famous Merry-Go-Round in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. The grand, old carousel – rumored to have been Walt Disney’s inspiration for creating Disneyland – is seen at the center of this label, surrounded by other pier amusements and carnival attractions inked by Hawk, who also has sentimental ties to both carousel horses and carny culture.

But wait, there’s more: The Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round’s ridership – the very lifeblood of this magnificent piece of history – has dwindled, due in part to the attraction’s COVID pause. The “MGR” re-opened with weekend hours this past summer, and those horses are calling your name. Please, if you are in the Los Angeles area and can find time to slip away from your everyday pursuits, check out the MGR. Rides are only about $2.00 per ticket, and the proceeds go to keeping this absolute gem maintained. So close, we can hear the Stinson 165 Military Band Organ. Enjoy the ride.