Santa Barbara County Proprietary White Wine
(Rousanne, Chardonay, Viognier)
The first of our 2011’s to be released and a great representative of the vintage as a whole: the spotlight is squarely on balance, elegance and a certain youthful innocence rather than the power of both its predecessors, 2009 & 2010. Having said that, this blend that tips the scales heavily on the side of Roussanneis, as most of our whites, not a wine for the faint of heart. Roussannein the Santa YnezValley tends to be on the very voluptuous side of the spectrum, and I’ve started using a percentage of stainless steel barrels for the upbringing in order to preserve and accentuate the pretty youthfulness.
‘Lovely’ is the first word that would pop up every time I smelled the components that make up this blend; the nose may deceive the intensity the wine has on the palate, but it is density (like high thread-count linen) not weight that marks this wine’s character.
Composition: Roussannecold soaked and fermented on the skins, raised for 6 months in new 500L then transferred to used 225L French oak, and stainless steel barrels; Chardonnay and Viognierraised in new 300L French oak and stainless barrels. Less than 300 cases bottled. Unfined and unfiltered.
Note that we have changed the appellation on all of our labels from the very generic ‘California’ to (the only somewhat generic) Santa Barbara County appellation – owing to the fact that since 2009/10 we grow the raw materials in custom-planted vineyards where we hold long-term leases, all of which are located in the county. And because we believe that Santa Barbara county is one of the world’s optimal growing regions, capable of consistently achieving greatness.
(This wine has not yet been reviewed)