Posts tagged: Santa Rita Hills

Foxen Pinot 94+ Points – Only 5 cases allocated

Bill Wathen and Dick Doré (also known as the “Foxen Boys”) have been making wine together since 1985, when they founded Foxen Winery & Vineyard at the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in northern Santa Barbara County. Since that time, their dedication has remained the same—the creation of very small production, sustainably-farmed, vineyard-focused wines using a “minimalist” approach to […]

Tyler Bentrock 95 Point Pinot (124 cases produced, only 5 allocated)

This is Tyler’s second bottling of this exceptional vineyard site. Set a few miles to the west of La Encantada on steep east-southeastern slopes covered in Monterey shale. This bottling is quite small at only 124 cases, but of exceptional quality from a young vineyard. Tyler 2012 Pinot Noir “Bentrock” Santa Rita Hills Retail 65.00 […]

Screaming Eagle owned Pinot Noir stunner – FREE SHIPPING!

The 2012 Amrita Pinot Noir is the second vintage of Amrita from the organic Wenzlau Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, which is adjacent to the great vineyards of Sea Smoke and Mount Carmel.  The venture is a partnership between Charles Bank (Screaming Eagle/Jonata, etc) and Raj Parr (Sommelier of the Michael Mina Group). Their […]

Under $40.00 Chardonnay GEM

This small winery in the Santa Rita Hills is the brain child of Jeff and Nikki Nelson.  Their wine maker is Brandon Sparks-Gillis (the “man” behind the Dragonette success). Liquid Farm 2012 “White Hill” Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills Retail 44.00 – GGWC 39.99 – FREE SHIPPING on six or more Use discount shipping code LIQ12WH […]

Santa Rita Hills Pinot wins blind tasting

My tasting group put together some gems and the surprising winner was newcomer DDLC or Domaine de la Côte “Bloom’s Field”  Pinot Noir 2011.  The line-up for our Pinot Challenge included: AP Vin “Garys” (93 Parker) Loring Rosella (93 WA) Lucia Garys (94 WA) Beaux Freres “Beaux Freres Vineyard” (94 WS) Paul Lato “Atticus” (96 […]

“THE” Chardonnay & Pinot Noir Bargains of the Month

WPA (Wine Projects Administration), a play on the old work projects administration that was part of the new deal in the 1930′s, is the latest venture of one of California’s most acclaimed winemakers.  His wines have garnered big press and accolades with every release.  His young(er) vines show very well, but he is very picky […]

Screaming Eagle owner releases hot new Pinot Noir

Sandhi is a small production California winery focusing on select vineyards from the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County and was founded in 2010 by Rajat Parr, the wine director for Michael Mina Restaurants, Charles Banks, the owner of Jonata and Screaming Eagle, and esteemed winemaker, Sashi Moorman. Sandhi 2011 Pinot Noir, Santa Rita […]

Paul Lato’s hot new Chardonnay – FREE SHIPPING

Hilliard Bruce (a husband and wife team) has quietly snuck under the radar with some amazing Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays the past couple of years.  Ace winemaker Paul Lato is the reason this small estate is slowly but surely making a big name for itself.  The 21 acre  estate is planted to Pinot Noir (17.5 […]

Pinot Envy of the year

Two brothers (John and Steve Dragonette) teamed up with good buddy Brandon Sparks-Gillis to pursue their live-long dream to make wine.  They gained valuable experiences at wineries like Sine Qua Non, Torbreck, Fiddlehead Cellars before they started this awesome venture.  Over the past couple of years the press has been (rightfully so) generous to these […]

Brewer-Clifton and Diatom ROCK!

I enjoyed tasting with Greg Brewer the other day as we reminisced about our first tasting ever in 1996.  At that time he was the assistant winemaker at a small Santa Barbara winery and had 2 barrels of his first Brewer-Clifton wine.  A lot has happened since that day.   We have all grown up, and […]