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2020 Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County

 

From Santa Maria Valley (Bien Nacido) and Los Alamos (Kick-On and Los Alamos Vineyard) fruit, this Pinot has the best of both worlds. Santa Maria provides the cranberry/cherry fruit notes with sage and spice overtones in the nose that carries through to the palate. Los Alamos increases the richness and depth. The wine was fermented and aged for about 10 months in French oak barrels. Beautiful now and will continue to develop for years to me. Bottle price: $39.00

2017 Cellar Select Red, Santa Barbara County

Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot are not the usual grape varieties associated with Santa Barbara County, but there are microclimates where they thrive. Thoughtful blending elevates character. This wine is that thoughtful blend of Bordeaux varieties that was aged for 20 months in french oak barrels. The wine is deeply colored and well structured showing a very berry quality with hints for cedar and sage. It is a full bodied red that will benefit with further age, but is so enjoyable now. Bottle Price: $45

2017 Chardonnay “Dear Prudence”, Santa Maria Valley

I know everyone thinks their mom was the best and I’m no exception. Prudence La Bay Bedford left this world over a decade ago back yet her impact is still felt. She probably would gave preferred a good cup of coffee to wine, but I wanted to make something to celebrate her life and was worthy of her stature. The 2009 Chardonnay “Dear Prudence” was the first, and after 8 years it was time for another. This is a worthy follow-up. This wine is dedicated to all the moms out there that have lovingly guided our lives – even when one of their kids burns a hole in her carpet for a science project.

The Chardonnay is from Gold Coast Vineyard in the cool Santa Maria Valley, the first appellation in Santa Barbara County, and one ideal for Burgundian varietals. The fruit was harvested at 23.3 brix, whole cluster pressed, juice settled overnight, then barreled down to neutral French oak for fermentation with Montrachet yeast. It completed full malolactic fermentation, was left on the lees for 9 months, applied rack and return for an additional 5 months, before being bottled after 14 months in barrel. The wine has fresh fruit elements in the nose along with the complexity and richness barrel age supports, and that will increase over time. A firm, integrated acidity makes it a favorite with Dover sole or cracked crab. Enjoy now but the wine will continue to evolve over the next few years. Only 70 cases made. Bottle Price $39.00

2012 Merlot, Santa Barbara County

Ever since the movie Sideways, Merlot has had to undeservedly overcome a bad wrap. It already played second fiddle to Cabernet Sauvignon. But Merlot creates some the greatest wines in the world. It is an earlier ripening variety and consequently is perhaps better suited for this County since we are the one of the coolest wine growing regions. Merlot prefers a warmer climate and the fruit for this comes from the warmer, eastern Santa Ynez Valley. The wine is deep in color with blackberry and plum fruit back by toasty oak, cedar, and earthy spice. Though it has extended barrel age, the wine still has a fresh berry, tannic kick in the finish. Serve with roast duck with a red wine reduction sauce or a thick grilled burger. Bottle Price: $55.00

2012 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County

The fruit comes from the Old San Antonio Vineyard in Los Alamos. Pinot from this region is dense and direct yet eloquent, which is a quality well suited to an Old World style. This wine resembles an aged Burgundy with expressive aromatics and flavors of dried red berries, earth, mushrooms, and what sommeliers call forest floor, that smell you get from freshly fallen damp leaves. The tannins are firm and the finish long. Serve this with roast lamb or pork chop.  Bottle Price: $55.00

 

 

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