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BREWER-CLIFTON 12 CH MACHADO
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ANTONIO GALLONI 91 POINTS - "Never content to stay put, Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton continue to push the envelope on quality in the Sta. Rita Hills. Read More...
Over the years, Brewer and Clifton have had an enormous impact on the region, both directly and indirectly, in giving advice to newly arrived owners and developing a number of vineyards they no longer farm. The most recent development at Brewer-Clifton is a move towards working exclusively with vineyards they themselves farm, a decision that is the natural closing of a circle that started in 2011, when the winery began to focus exclusively on vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills. As these notes show, the 2012s are pretty special across the board. Readers will note the addition of a few vineyards to the lineup, including Acin and Hapgood. The Chardonnays are rich and textured in style, with considerable transparency and impeccable balance. All of the Brewer-Clifton Pinots are made with 100% whole clusters and aged in neutral oak."

"A more mineral and floral expression of Chardonnay emerges from the 2012 Chardonnay Machado. Lemon oil, white flowers and slate are some of the nuances that linger on the mid-weight, reserved finish. Drinking window: 2014 - 2019."
BREWER-CLIFTON 13 PN SRH
BREWER-CLIFTON 2013 PINOT NOIR
SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL
Item: #206170
Bottle Size:750ML
$34.99
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DRAGONETTE 12 PN FIDDLESTIX
$49.95
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Fiddlestix is a renowned, expertly farmed, vineyard at the cool western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. The early morning fog and cool afternoon breezes provide a long, even Read More...
growing season, which allows full phenolic maturity at reasonable sugar levels. In 2012 Dragonette obtained fruit from four separate blocks, consisting of clones 113, 115, 667 and 777 in precise locations in the vineyard. Each clone contributes unique characteristics, adding complexity to the final blend; however, the wines all bear the signature characteristics of Fiddlestix.

As always, the grapes were harvested in the early morning (or night), and are personally hand sorted the clusters in the field. Dragonette processed the fruit within hours; some is fully destemmed without crushing, some is fermented with a percentage of whole clusters (approximately 15-20% of the final blend). The grapes are cold soaked for 4 to 7 days before permitting fermentation to commence with native yeasts, and using a mixture of pigage, pumpovers and gentle punchdowns for extraction. A t dryness, free run juice was drained directly to barrel and the remaining berries gently pressed separately. The wine was aged on its lees for 18 months in French oak barrels, 25% new, without racking, before rigorous selection, blending and bottling without fining or filtration. Only 300 cases were produced.

Dragonette's Tasting Notes: Despite its youth, this wine already displays terrific depth and complexity within its medium bodied frame. The nose is a mélange of high toned red fruits; black cherry, raspberry and pomegranate, interspersed with smoky notes of charcoal, nori and black licorice and Asian spices of cardamom and star anise. On the palate is medium bodied, presenting classic Santa Rita Hills black cherry fruit with notes of dried cranberry, rhubarb, strawberry jam, complicated by energetic citrus notes of blood orange zest and pomegranate pith which then merge with herbs (thyme), wet earth and stony minerals. The wine has solid acids and fine grained tannins providing lift and a long, complex and fascinating finish.
DRAGONETTE 12 PN SRH 375mL
DRAGONETTE 2012 PINOT NOIR
SANTA RITA HILLS 375mL
Item: #215980
Bottle Size:375ml
$22.95

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FOLEY 12 CH SRH
FOLEY 2012 CHARDONNAY
SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL
Item: #238710
Bottle Size:750ml
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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.






GAINEY 12 CH SRH
GAINEY 2012 CHARDONNAY
SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL
Item: #224270
Bottle Size:750ml
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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.
HITCHING POST 12 PN HIGH 375mL
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HITCHING POST 12 PN HIGHLINER
HITCHING POST 2012 PINOT NOIR
HIGHLINER 750 mL
Item: #275674
Bottle Size:750ml
$29.99
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WINE ENTHUSIAST 92 POINTS - " Wine Enthusiast - "The Hitching Post team of Frank Ostini and Gray Hartley hit a home run on this Highliner, with Read More...
a nose that features 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."
HITCHING POST 12 PN RITA'S
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LAFOND 12 CH SRH
LAFOND 2012 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'.
The 2012 La Fond is a beautiful pale yellow color. Aromas of lemon meringue, melon tones, and honeysuckle. A full-bodied chard that is concentrated and packs a fantastic fresh finish.
LEA 13 PN SANTA RITA HILLS
LEA 2013 PINOT NOIR
SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL
Item: #236950
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:91
$32.99
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ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "Made by Jennifer Lea Tensley, these are first-rate Pinot Noirs (and a Chardonnay) that have singular, Read More...
individual characters. They don’t skimp on fruit or texture, yet they also have plenty of earthy, savory characteristics to go with that core of sweet fruit that California provides. In addition, they represent superb values!

"Starting off the Pinot Noirs, the 2013 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills is an outstanding effort that offers juicy black cherries, spice, earth and ground herbs in its sweetly fruited, rounded and supple style. There’s good concentration here, and it opens up nicely in the glass. Already delicious, it will thrill over the coming 5-7 years."
LIQUID FARM 13 CH WHITE HILL
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Liquid Farm's "White Hill" bottling is the leaner and more Chablisiane of their two Chardonnay bottlings. Comprised of fruit from some of the best vineyards in the area (Bent Rock, Zotovich, Huber, Read More...
Clos Pepe, Kessler-Haak, Rita's Crown, and Radian), White Hill highlights the unique salinity that comes through in the ancient soils of Santa Rita Hills. The style of this wine will always be racier and predominately neutral barrel fermentation. Its profile is that of mineral, yellow peach, fresh Asian pear, salinity, linen, candied ginger, and lavender cream.
MELVILLE 13 CH ESTATE
MELVILLE 2013 CHARDONNAY
ESTATE SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL
Item: #241090
Bottle Size:750ML
WA:91
$23.95
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This wine is 100% from Melville's Sta. Rita Hills estate and is a combination of clones 4, 76, 95, and selections Mount Eden, Hanzell and Wente. It is their core Chardonnay and comes Read More...
predominantly from their west side vineyards that have several different types of sandy soils. Because the west side receives the brunt of brutal ocean-winds and has only poor soils, we feel this Chardonnay always captures the vibrancy, minerality and concentrated flavors that are hallmarks of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "Hold onto your hats, as these latest releases from Chad Melville and winemaker Greg Brewer are off-the-charts good!"

"The 2013 Chardonnay Estate Sta. Rita Hills is a smoking effort that represent a fabulous value in Chardonnay. Made in a pure, clean style, it was barrel-fermented and aged 8 months in neutral oak. It gives up serious notes of lemon, lime peel, tinges of wild herbs and salty minerality to go with a medium-bodied, balanced and elegant profile on the palate that keeps you coming back to the glass. It’s superb now, but will also age nicely for 3-4 years."

ANTONIO GALLONI 90 POINTS - "Lemon oil and white flowers are some of the notes that resonate in the 2012 Chardonnay Estate Sta. Rita Hills. The combination of bright flavors, pulsating acidity and textural breadth is highly appealing. All the elements fall into place in an impeccable Chardonnay to drink over the next handful of years."
MELVILLE 13 PN BLOCK M
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Block M is a wind swept mesa on Melville's western parcel adjacent to our Terraces block. Sitting atop a sun exposed mesa with several feet of botella clay soil, the extremity of Read More...
Block M is enhanced by the gravitational pull on three exposed sides forcing the roots to search deeper for sustenance. Block M is made up of equal amounts of clones 114 and 115. The lesser known 114 is lush, velvety and textural with an elegantly pliant internal core, while clone 115 delivers fruit at a higher pitch coupled with a more structurally pronounced personality. The marriage of these complementary components is what renders Melville's Block M bottling so complete. 20% of the fruit was gently destemmed with 80% remaining as whole clusters.

Dark ruby red in color, intoxicating aromatics of nutmeg, grilled beef fat, fig and cherry cola come through initially. Intense notes of ripe persimmon, salt caramel, raw sugar cane and tamarind weave alongside floral components of pink jasmine and magnolia. The wine boasts not only tremendous weight and drive but also excellent clarity and precision. Only 609 cases were produced.
MELVILLE 13 PN TERRACES
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From the west side of Melville's estate, the three undulating slopes of Terraces lie completely exposed to the elements facing severe wind pressure, several sun exposures and challenging Read More...
drainage issues. This 4.9 acre block is planted on clay loam and limestone soils wrapping 120° around Carrie’s block. Five clones: Swan, Mount Eden, 115, 667 and 777, form a unique combination of old California Selections and newer dijonnaise clonal material.

With a shiny garnet hue, herbaceous and spicy aromas of fresh mint, juniper, clove and dried oregano dominate initially while dark nuances of cocoa powder, chipotle, smoked apple wood and graham cracker linger in the background. The palate impression is lively with a burst of fresh acidity bringing both elegance and structure to the wine’s savory and intense finish. Only 557 cases produced.
PARKER 12 PN ASHLEY
FESS PARKER 2012 PINOT NOIR
"ASHLEY'S" SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL
Item: #274798
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:92
$39.99
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ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "More Burgundian in style, with notions of forest floor, spring flowers, dried spice and both red and Read More...
black fruit, the 2012 Pinot Noir Ashley's Vineyard was fermented with 20% whole clusters and spent 16 months in 47% new French oak prior to bottling. Grippy and energetic on the palate, with terrific purity of fruit, it has a touch of oak to integrate, yet will have upward of a decade of longevity."
PARKER 13 CH ASHLEY
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INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 90 POINTS - " Bright yellow-gold. Ripe citrus fruits and melon on the perfumed nose. Fleshy and smooth in texture Read More...
but lively as well, offering energetic orange, pear and honeydew flavors accented by hints of ginger and mace. Packs a punch but remains bright and lithe, with no excess fat. Finishes with very good focus and spicy persistence, the melon note repeating."
SANDHI 11 PN SRH 375mL
SANDHI 2011 PINOT NOIR
SANTA RITA HILLS 375mL
Item: #260270
Bottle Size:750ml
$22.95

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Started in 2010 by Rajat Parr (wine director for Michael Mina restaurants), Charles Banks (former owner of Screaming Eagle) and Sashi Moorman (winemaker for Stolpman), Read More...
Sandhi focus on crafting wine from select vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills area of Santa Barbara County. It is because of their focus for balance that these three are so determined to find vineyard sites from the Santa Rita Hills that are old-vine, have cold temperatures and windy exposures. They want wines with vibrancy, freshness and energy, so they prefer neutral barrel and concrete vessel, employing a conservative amount of new French oak, and all wines are wild-yeast fermented.

This wine showcases all the exuberance of Santa Rita Hills and is a great introduction to Sandhi's Pinot Noirs. It is a blend of their vineyard holdings in the Santa Rita Hills coming from our sections at La Encantada, Rita’s Crown, Sanford & Benedict and Bent Rock. It has bright, shiny, crunchy black raspberry fruit with great aromatic lift of fruit, flowers and cola spice. The wine is delicious now and will age gracefully for another 5-7 years. Neutral oak and 100% de-stemmed.
SANFORD 11 CH SRH
SANFORD 2011 CHARDONNAY
SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL
Item: #257650
Bottle Size:750ML
$23.99
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WINERY NOTES - "Our 2011 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay comes exclusively from our two estate vineyards in heart of this cool climate appellation. The 2010 vintage was marked Read More...
by low yields due to spring frost. This resulted in intense flavors with bright acid. By gently whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation in French oak, this Charonnay has lovely texture to balance the vibrant palate. Our 2011 estate Chardonnay offers intriguing aromas of lemon peel, apricot and toasted hazelnut. In addition to the bright fruit, this wine has aromas of white flowers. On the palate the minerality and acidity give this wine great structure, which carries through its long finish. This full bodied wine has nice acidity to keep it in balance and makes a nice complement to most seafood, poultry and pasta with lighter sauces, and makes an excellent pairing with mushrooms (especially chanterelles and morels."
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