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ALMA ROSA 13 PN SRH
ALMA ROSA 2013 PINOT NOIR
SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL
Item: #275877
Bottle Size:750ml
$23.99
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Sourced from certified organic vineyards.
Transparent dark ruby color. Richer and spicier than the 2008 bottling, showing darker fruits. Some Read More...
smoke notes. Still maintains a lighter, feminine feel in the mouth.
BABCOCK 12 PN APPELLATIONS
$59.95
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Notes from Bryan Babcock: "It was 2007 when CalPERS decided to take a whack at the Sta. Rita Hills. By 2008 they had purchased three properties and had begun planting vineyards Read More...
on two of them, Rita’s Crown and Salsipuedes. Since then Salispuedes has been cut into two entities, the Radian Vineyard and the Bentrock Vineyard. Why CalPERS? Why the wine business for the parking of California public employee pension money? I have no idea. I’m sure you can get a customer service number off of their web site if you want to pursue it. What matters to me is that they moved to town, developed three of the most riveting new vineyards in the appellation, and then gave me and my colleague, Ken Brown, the opportunity to scour over the plantings and choose our picks of the litter. Currently I am working with two stunning Pinot Noir sections and a block of Chardonnay at Radian, and I have one block of Pinot Noir at Bentrock and Rita’s Crown respectively. The day to day farming is being handled by an outfit called Atlas Vineyard Management. Their execution is as good as it gets.

After you drive through the gate at Radian you arrive at a funky little mid century dwelling that serves as the office for the vineyard operations. Opposite the office, in a little canyon that is just inside the Sta. Rita Hills appellation line, lies Appellation’s Edge. With respect to being cool, breezy, and well drained, Edgy is a 10 out of 10. When you are there you can feel the tension, starting with the fact that cluster sampling is not comfortable in blocks this steep. Why did I opt for the anxiety that this section of Pinot Noir could very possibly bring? Because if all the energy in its terroir translates into the enhanced fruit and acidity that I am predicting, then the climb up the hill for cluster samples will be like a stairway to enological heaven. Indeed, the first couple wines have been riveting. As you might imagine, they have been very dark, extracted and expressive."

"For most wine grapes in general, ripening in a cool climate usually results in wines that are more intense. When you ripen Pinot Noir on the extremely cool western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills, intense can be an understatement. In a year, 2012, that gave us a slew of big Pinots, the slow ripening fruit in Appellation's Edge gave us the biggest. Super dark, dense, chunky, yet elegant, this block continues to make some of the most amazing wine in the Appellation. And it's not just the big part of it that is so impressive; it's the fine-tuned structure that is haunting."
BABCOCK 12 PN OCEAN'S GHOST
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Notes from Bryan Babcock: "While a good part of the magic in my Ocean’s Ghost Pinot Noir is the marriage between soil and climate, I match this small vineyard’s existential Read More...
gifts with a radical approach in the farming that is restrained by nothing. I have worked over the years with many vineyards, some of them good, some of them great. In almost every case, at some point along the way I will find myself thinking, “If only the grower would have done some things slightly different; if only the timing could have been a little tighter; it would have made a difference.” And a lot of time, it’s not that the grower wasn't amenable to it. It’s just that I was not there on a day to day basis to say, “Okay, NOW! Now is when we should leaf pull; now is when we should cluster thin,” etc. Well, with Ocean’s Ghost, it is not unusual for me to start my day in this section of the vineyard. If something needs tweaking, I drive by the shop and check in with my vineyard manager. Of course I always find a number of things that need attention, but when it’s in the Ghost, he knows exactly where to put it on the list of priorities. While my whole ranch can’t be perfect all of the time, farming at its peak in at least a couple of places is important to me. When you put the words Optimum Quod Possum* on the labels of your product, you need to have some avenues where you can practice your best craftsmanship. For me, Ocean’s Ghost is one of them.

Why the name Ocean’s Ghost for this cuvee? All of the soils on my ranch are the remnants of an ancient sea. From the deep sandy loams in our lower vineyards, to the shallow decomposed sandstone on TOP CREAM’S bench, evidence of the ocean’s touch is everywhere. At various points above our ranch, on steeper hills, in places where erosion has taken away the skin of the mountain, you can see the pitch-white outcroppings of pure diatomaceous earth. It is no coincidence that some of the world’s largest diatomaceous deposits are mined just outside of Lompoc. In digging around on our hillsides, I have not found too many arrowheads, but I have come across little gravelly deposits, the likes of which look like fractured seashells. The soil in Ocean’s Ghost is very similar to that in Top Cream. The block, however, is situated on our westernmost mesa that is completely exposed to the daily ocean breeze, making it perfect for Pinot Noir. Beginning eons ago, the ubiquitous influence of the ocean continues."
BABCOCK 12 PN RADICAL
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Notes from Bryan Babcock: "Blocks 40 & 41 at the Radian Vineyard are perfect.
•Proven Dijon Clones; 115 and 667.
•Rootstock 3309C, a Vitus riparia x Vitus berlandieri Read More...
cross of American parents that is perfect for Radical’s soil.
•Exposure; south facing, in the afternoon breeze daily. Exposed but not extreme.
•Row Direction; north-south, providing for ample sun on the fruit, with some shade around mid day.
•Hillside with Short Rows; providing for good drainage which can not pool at the lower end of the block because the rows aren’t that long.
•Water; Santa Ynez River water table. Source is local, pure and sustainable.
•Execution of farming; Atlas Vineyard Management, very effective.

There are a couple more criteria that require a little more fleshing out.

Location: Blocks 40 and 41 are essentially on a little hillside that drops down from a tiny ridge line that runs east-west. This makes the blocks face south which is a bit rare in this neighborhood of the Sta. Rita Hills, where the overriding influence is the north facing aspect of the Santa Rosa Hills, on which Radian is located. Thus, the blocks are unique. Also, the blocks are on the western end of the CalPERS holdings, which places them in the far western end of the appellation. I believe this all but guarantees that their future wines will always be dark and saturated with fruit. We see this as a trend in many of the vineyards out that way; as the growing conditions become cooler because of the proximity to the ocean, the wines become sturdier. In affect, there is a little bit of the same kind of extremeness that we find at one of my other vineyards, Appellation’s Edge. At the same time, Radical is slightly more protected by a more westerly ridge line that runs north-south, thereby breaking up some of the wind and cold that can be a bit punishing. While Radical feels nature pulling back the reins, moderating its vigor and making for an elongated hang time for the fruit, its vines are nonetheless cozier compared to the vines in some of the more exposed blocks. Indeed, some of the blocks at Radian are so exposed that their vines do not grow. Does this aspect of Radical make it better than Appellation’s Edge? I don’t know, but it does make it a little easier for me to sleep at night.

Soil: Block 40 sits right next to 41. The fact that there are two blocks here is a man made thing. The soil that runs underneath them is the same. It actually extends into the two blocks that are adjacent to 40 & 41, but for the discussion here, the important thing is that there appears to be a uniform soil or terroir that defines these two blocks that, collectively, I call Radical. The soil is a bit lighter in color than some of the surrounding blocks whose soils are darker and more visually like Botella. The reason for the lighter appearance in Radical is its rocks. Dude, Radical’s rocks are soooo rad! They look like someone, God?, painted them. They are like an extreme serpentine. While Block 15 at the Estelle Vineyard in Santa Ynez can stake claim to the most colorful rocks, Radical can stake claim to the edgiest pieces of stone imaginable.
BABCOCK 12 PN SLICE OF HEAVEN
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BABCOCK 12 PN SRH
BABCOCK 2012 PINOT NOIR
ESTATE SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL
Item: #202990
Bottle Size:750ml
$25.99
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Winemaker's Notes - "

The beautiful ruby red color and complex fruit in this wine shows why Santa Barbara County is such a perfect domain for classic Pinot Noir. The nose Read More...
shows dark cherries with an array of spices. The mouth is weighty with long flavors that follow suit. It's perfect for pairing with a wide variety of foods."
BABCOCK 13 CH TOP CREAM
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Notes from Bryan Babcock: "Thirty years ago, my mom and dad planted the first vineyard on the 15 acre bench in the middle of our ranch. Its top soil is a 2 to 3 foot deep, Read More...
grayish brown, gravelly loam that offers life to its vines on top of an ominously impervious layer of sandstone. It is a lean top soil in terms of fertility, and it definitely governs the vigor and morphology of the vines that grow in it. It is this layer of soil that I refer to as this vineyard's Top Cream. As a terroir it is ideal for growing the kind of Chardonnay that spreads its wings when put through a full-blown Burgundian style of winemaking. It is especially appropriate if one considers that the facets of a Burgundian style - the barrels, the malolactic fermentation, and the lees contact - synergize for the rendering of a Chardonnay that often smells and tastes, among other things, creamy. The trick to it all is to have the right Chardonnay grapes to begin with, and the trick to having the right grapes is to have the right soil. Indeed, the trick is in having the right TOP CREAM."

"The presence of diatomaceous sandy loam from the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills in this year's Top Cream is just uncanny. My recommendation is to be patient and give the wine at least another 6 months in the bottle so that its tapioca pudding and mineral nose can fully meld with its succulent, creamy flavor. The only downside is that if you love it then, it will probably be gone. Answer, build some into a case. It's a good one!"
BREWER-CLIFTON 13 PN SRH
BREWER-CLIFTON 2013 PINOT NOIR
SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL
Item: #206170
Bottle Size:750ML
$34.95
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DEOVLET 13 PN SEBASTIANO
DEOVLET 2013 PINOT NOIR
"JOHN SEBASTIANO" SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL
Item: #215540
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:91+
$49.95
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Energetic and plush with a purity of fruit leaning toward dark cherry and black raspberry, the wine has promising density and concentration from this young site on the eastern edge Read More...
of the AVA. Framed with sweet oak spice and tannin from 15 months in 100% French oak, 42% new, the wine maintains its freshness from partial whole cluster fermentation.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 91+ POINTS - "This was another fine set of releases from Ryan Deovlet - classic wines that have both richness and freshness. In addition, they show individual and distinctive character. Don’t make the mistake of skipping over the appellation wines in favor of the single vineyards as both his Santa Barbara Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were excellent."

"Another wine that has some upside, the 2013 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard offers beautiful black cherry, sous bois, savory herbs and a touch of dusty soil to go with a medium-bodied, balanced and lively feel on the palate. From a relatively new vineyard that was planted in 2007, this outstanding red was 70% destemmed and aged 15 months in 40% new French oak. Give it a year in the cellar and enjoy bottles through 2023."
DRAGONETTE 12 PN SRH 375mL
DRAGONETTE 2012 PINOT NOIR
SANTA RITA HILLS 375mL
Item: #215980
Bottle Size:375ml
$22.95

In-store purchase only.
Please call 800-331-3005 for details.


DRAGONETTE 13 PN SRH
DRAGONETTE 2013 PINOT NOIR
SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL
Item: #215930
Bottle Size:750ml
$44.95
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On the nose, the wine is beautifully aromatic, combining notes of ripe, fresh cherry, rasberry, and strawberry jam, along with intense floral notes of hibiscus and orange blossom, Read More...
baking spices of cardamom, cacao and vanilla, and a touch of fresh herbs (bay leaf, celery leaf). On the palate the wine is medium bodied and silky, with waves of complex ripe red fruits (cherry, raspberry, cranberry) complicated by notes of rhurbarb, fresh herbs and hints of wood smoke. The wine has ample, bright acidity, and sturdy tannins which provide structure, energy and cut on the long smooth finish.
FOLEY 12 CH SRH
FOLEY 2012 CHARDONNAY
SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL
Item: #238710
Bottle Size:750ml
$22.99
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Winemaker Notes "The cooler growing conditions in 2011 resulted in a bright and juicy Chardonnay with aromas of honeydew melon, brioche, green apple and baking spices. Read More...
Lively acidity tickles the tongue as flavors of banana, toasted oak, and honey coat the palate."
Food Pairing Notes This wine’s silky viscosity makes for a lengthy finish and a perfect pairing for clam chowder or Chicken Dijon.
FOLEY 12 PN SRH
FOLEY 2012 PINOT NOIR
SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL
Item: #222120
Bottle Size:750ml
$26.99
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Winemaker Notes:

This 100% Point Noir showcases dark and concentrated ruby hues which speak to this wine’s Sta. Rita Hill’s pedigree, bright aromas of raspberry, Read More...
Bing cherry, leather and root beer. On the palate, this wines multiple layers speak to flavors of cherry cola, strawberry marmalade and forest floor.A luscious California Pinot Noir that pairs seamlessly with pulled pork sliders or chicken coq au vin.






FOXEN 13 PN LA ENCANTADA
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Bill Wathen and Dick Doré have been making wine together since 1985, when they founded Foxen Vineyards & Winery at the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in Northern Santa Barbara County. Read More...
Since that time their dedication has remained the same: the creation of small production, sustainably-farmed, vineyard-focused wines using a straightforward and minimalist approach to winemaking. They seem to be doing all the things right, as they now have an amazing following, and their tasting room has become a Santa Barbara Wine Country destination! This bottling comes entirely from the La Encantada Vineyard. This “charmed place” was planted by Richard Sanford in 2000. It is located on the western fringe of the Santa Rita Hills appellation, where its northern exposure makes it one of the coolest sites in the Santa Rita Hills AVA. Yields are minuscule, as Foxen typically gets less than 2 tons per acre, but scores tend to be high.
GAINEY 12 CH SRH
GAINEY 2012 CHARDONNAY
SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL
Item: #224270
Bottle Size:750ml
$16.99
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It’s fascinating nose reveals lovely poached pear and baked apple aromas enhanced by creamy vanilla, marzipan, and buttered popcorn scents, with hints of gardenia, tea rose, kaffir Read More...
lime and toasted oak adding intrigue and complexity. On the palate, the wine boasts a creamy, mouth-coating texture with exuberant green apple and lemon rind flavors gaining further interest from subtle peanut brittle and mineral notes, while balanced acidity keeps the whole package fresh and lively. Enjoy this captivating Chardonnay by itself or with your favorite morsels from the sea, air and local fromagerie.
GYPSY CANYON 13 PN THE MOMENT
$94.95
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Our Estate Pinot Noir is also from our estate vineyard. It is a barrel selection capturing the full essence of the vineyard. It is a playful romantic with a velvet embrace. Only Read More...
200 cases produced!
HITCHING POST 12 PN HIGH 375mL
$16.98

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Please call 800-331-3005 for details.


HITCHING POST 12 PN RITA'S
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HITCHING POST 13 PN HIGHLINER
HITCHING POST 2013 PINOT NOIR
HIGHLINER 750 mL
Item: #275674
Bottle Size:750ml
$29.99
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- " Wine Enthusiast - "The Hitching Post team of Frank Ostini and Gray Hartley hit a home run on this Highliner, with a nose that features Read More...
fried shiitake mushrooms, violet and sizzling balsamic vinegar. It boasts an elegant mouthfeel, with very round and widely expressive fruit, characterized by orange peel, olallieberry and more violet."
LAFOND 13 CH SRH
LAFOND 2013 CHARDONNAY
SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL
Item: #275370
Bottle Size:750ml
$17.99
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Lafond is located in the Santa Rita Hills region of Santa Barbara County, an ideal environment for growing intensely flavored, full-bodied Chardonnay. This AVA is distinguished Read More...
by a very cool and long growing season created by a convergence of unusual geography in this part of California. It is not uncommon to see high scores given to Chardonnays that are more modest in pricepoint from this region. A blend of fruit from two neighboring vineyards to Lafond, the 2010 Chardonnay "SRH" is Winemaker Bruce McGuire's selection to showcase the ripe, concentrated Chardonnay for which the Santa Rita Hills AVA is known.

Lafond's new blocks of Chardonnay are now in production, and have four additional clones along with their original Wente clone, which was first planted over 25 years ago. The new clones add to the complexity of the wineand introduce subtle flavors which add to its enjoyment and underline the remarkable qualities of the Santa Rita Hills 'terroir'.
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