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Santa Ynez sub categories : Ballard Canyon, Happy Canyon and Sta. Rita Hills

Andrew Murray Tours Les Jours 2008

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The nose is full and rich with stewed purple fruits, like boysenberry jam, and has a great freshness to it.  There are some classic Syrah virtues as well as savory, beef reduction sauce characteristics in the back drop.  The palate follows in step with a velvety, full, balanced profile that is supported by sound acidity […]

J. Wilkes Pinot 01

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This is a wine that hails from one of the best vineyard sources in Santa Barbara County; the Bien Nacido Vineyard.  Specifically, Block Q.  It has 10 years of age on it and is showing really well.  The winemaker, Jeff Wilkes passed away in December of 2010, after spending almost 20 years in the wine […]

2008 Municipal Winemakers Cabernet Sauvignon

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If Charlie Sheen were talking about buying and drinking this wine he would say “WINNING!”  At $27 retail, this wine is a micro production (read: super hand made) from the exciting new Happy Canyon AVA in Santa Barbara County. NOTES: This wine has a deep dark nose that shows oak and minerality.  The palate is […]

Babcock Ritas Earth Pinot Noir 2009

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The search for Pinot Noir can be tricky.  I am personally drawn to a lighter style that allows for the personality of the vineyard, grapes and winemaker to show through.  In my opinion, that is what makes Pinot special.  The Rita’s Earth comes from some of the most hallowed ground in Santa Barbara’s Sta. Rita […]

Municipal Winemakers

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The new kid on the block for the urban wine trail in downtown Santa Barbara is Municipal Winemakers.  The tasting room takes a couple minutes to find, and proves well worth the effort.  (28 Anacapa Street, SB, CA, behind Kunin) Dave Potter is the winemaker at ‘Muni’ and has worked in the wine business for […]

Stolpman Estate Syrah 2008

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This producer is widely considered a founding father for Santa Barbara Syrah, and specifically for Ballard Canyon.  Their estate vineyards are second to none, and their location is considered the epicenter for Syrah for Santa Barbara county.  Also, they have Sashi Moorman in the cellar as winemaker, who is highly regarded in the market and […]

2005 Star Lane Astral Cabernet Happy Canyon

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The older of the two Astral wines that we tasted, this bottle showed beautiful bouquet (aromatics developed in the bottle.)  The nose is aromatically giving, showing cassis and blackberry fruits with potent white flowers.  The palate is dense and rich and rests on a well built framework of tannin and acidity.  The wine has a […]

2006 Star Lane Astral Cabernet Happy Canyon

The Astral label is Star Lane’s top production reserve wine and comes from the highest elevation vineyards at their Happy Canyon estate.  This wine is deep in color and trumpets a pure and linear nose that has showy red and blue fruits. The palate is rich and immediately shows good tannins backed by a huge […]

2006 Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Happy Canyon

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The notes for this wine are, unfortunately, going to be short winded.  The main reason for this is that we tasted this wine immediately before tasting several vintages of their reserve wine; Astral.  So, we were gearing up for the main event and I’m afraid that I didn’t have the time to do this wine […]

2008 Star Lane Sauvignon Blanc

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This wine was made with cultured yeast from Bordeaux, which makes it an exception to most of the wines produced at Star Lane and Dierberg that utilize native yeast.  The nose shows savory chicken stock, lemon curd and lemon fruits.  It has less high tone notes which can most likely be attributed to the fact […]

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