Wines of Santa Barbara with Craft Wines
Former Napa Valley sommelier Paul Stroud has rapidly become one of our most important sources of cutting-edge, under-the-radar California wine. Bringing in compelling wines like A Tribute to Grace, Scar of the Sea and Tyler Wines has enabled Paul to kick of his distributor project with a bang. This week Paul is bringing wines exclusively from the mid coast of Santa Barbara.
The unique nature of Santa Barbara County, with its multitudes of microclimates and soils, provides winemakers with grapes of the highest quality and widest selection. Many specialize in Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as boutique lots of unique wines like Albariño, Tocai Friulano, Mourvedre, Grenache Blanc – more than 50 different different varieties are grown there.
If you like unique small production wines like we do, you’ll love these!
Scar of the Sea, Santa Barbara County Chardonnay, 2016 :: Reg $30 sale $28
This Santa Barbara County Chardonnay was composed of 3 vineyards from Santa Maria Valley to Los Alamos. All of our Chardonnay was picked separately with grapes arriving to the winery early in the morning. After whole cluster pressing and cold settling the wine was
racked to barrel where it was fermented with native yeast and aged for 8 months in 10 % New French Oak. Aromas of fresh guava coupled with citrus blossom are followed by oyster shell, lemon zest and white peach on the palate. This wine showcases vibrant acidity, a testament to Chardonnay from the cool climates of Santa Barbara County.
Tyler, La Encantada Pinot Noir 2014, :: Reg $42 Sale $38
Sourced from the three old vine blocks of the Bien Nacido Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley, G, N and Q. These blocks, planted by the Miller family in 1973, consist of own-rooted vines planted to the Heritage and Martini Clones of Pinot Noir. The vineyard is situated at an elevation of around 600 feet and 16 miles from the pacific ocean. Elder series soils sit at the feet of the hillsides while a great diversity of soils containing limestone, shale, uplifted marine volcanic, and loam lay throughout the vineyard.
The 2015 Old Vine is a complex Pinot with notes of pencil lead, flint and crushed rock. On the palate it’s savory with rhubarb and fresh strawberry. Well structured and persistent, this is what Bien Nacido is all about.
A Tribute to Grace, Vie Caprice Vineyard Grenache, 2015 :: Reg $51 Sale $47
This delightful haven of Grenache in Santa Ynez totals just 1.94 acres of vines. Planted in 2007 entirely to Alban clone Grenache, the property serves as a weekend retreat to friends Leif & Kimmy Hertzog, and Whit Latimer. 87 gently sloping rows canvas the classic Santa Ynez fine sandy loam, and encourage many layers of expression to shine.We started working with this fruit in 2014 when our friend Erik Mallea took over the farming (his day-job is vineyard manager at Sanford). Our block is now organically farmed, and we produce this single vineyard bottling as well as the Santa Barbara County blend (from the southern block of the vineyard, farmed to a slightly higher yield). tasting notes: Cardamom, Swedish Christmas cake and Damson Plum
Land of Saints, Santa Ynez Valley Merlot, 2014 :: Reg $21 Sale $18
Land of Saints wine company is a new project from Angela Osborne (A Tribute To Grace) and her husband Jason. Using their established relationships, they are making some incredible value wines sourced from organically grown varietals. This red blends 50% Grenache with 50% Syrah and comes from Santa Barbara County. The wine is full of juicy dark red and black fruits with wonderful aromatics of smoked peppercorns and subtle grilled herbs. Nearly full bodied with great balance and fresh acidity, this will pair perfectly with any meat coming off of your grill. A mere 300 cases were produced.
We start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4pm. Hope you can make it! Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl and #Neverabadbottle so we can CHEERS!
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