2011 Tiradora ~ $24
Possessed of great depth and verve (the name means “sharpshooter” in Spanish), this remarkable 100% Sauvignon Blanc leads with a compelling nose of lime zest, wet stone, Bosc pear, white peach and gooseberry. Fermented primarily in concrete and stainless steel, with a small percentage seeing neutral oak for additional complexity, this compelling wine shows a palate of Pink Lady apple, Key lime pie, white currant, Meyer lemon and quince, while the lingering finish offers limestone, lemon merengue pie, and wild oregano. Produced entirely of fruit from our gorgeous 415-acre estate in Santa Ynez (of which 26 acres are planted to grapevines), this enticing wine pairs swimmingly with grilled Santa Barbara prawns in a buerre blanc sauce, a casual afternoon of fresh fish tacos, or a languorous Sunday sunset.
374 cases produced
2012 Viognier ~ $24
An exquisite example of this ancient grape, our Viognier is fermented partially in stainless steel to preserve freshness and true varietal typicity, and partially in French oak barrels for greater richness and depth. A lovely dark straw color in the glass, this wine leads with a nose of ripe summer peaches, acacia wood, warm nectarines, and tropical guava, while the wonderfully plush palate offers notes of orange blossoms, dried mango, anise, just-mown hay and honeysuckle blossoms. Pair this approachable wine with everything from vegetable tikka masala, to beautifully simple grilled wild salmon, to homemade spinach-walnut pesto with good Parmigiano-Reggiano.
250 cases produced
2011 Ineseño ~ $24
The Ineseño (the name refers to the language spoken by the indigenous peoples who traditionally made the section of the Santa Ynez River near our current-day vineyard their home) is comprised of 57% Roussane and 43% Viognier. This is a luscious and seductive blend, with layers of extraordinary flavor draped over the fine structure. While the nose is redolent of ripe apricots, caramel, cardamom, and star fruit, the decadent palate shows warm peach cobbler, orange sherbet, brioche, and dried papaya; the lingering finish leads you back to the glass for another sip of this elixir. Pair this delicious wine with Malaysian satay, a homemade vegetable tagine with eggplant, cumin, coriander and cured lemon, or a simple, exquisite chunk of Camembert with fresh bread.
367 cases produced
2012 Escondrijo ~ $34
A luscious blend of 53% Syrah, 34% Grenache and 13% Petite Sirah, our Escondrijo (Spanish for “Hideaway”), a gorgeous dark violet in color, bursts from the glass with an exuberant nose of dried cherry, raspberry liqueur, rose petal, saddle leather, and sun-warmed ripe blackberries. The beautifully structured palate offers boysenberry, fresh-cracked black pepper, strawberry compote, graham crackers, candied orange peel, and an intriguing hint of sage and fennel, before segueing into a very long and compelling finish. Match this extraordinary wine with homemade pasta and a puttanesca sauce with plenty of olives and roasted garlic, grilled squab with a pomegranate reduction, or the simple, exquisite pleasure of a chunk of aged Cheddar and good company.
488 cases produced
2010 Barbareño ~ $38
The 2010 Barbareño, a blend of 74% Syrah and 26% Petite Sirah, is a sumptuous dark garnet in the glass. Aromas of lavender, violet, black cherry, blackcurrant, and tar, and cacao powder greet you on the nose, while the supple, savory palate delivers olive tapenade, peppercorn steak, licorice, and campfire smoke. Wrapped around a gorgeously structured core are subtle notes of sun-dried coffee beans, sassafras, camphor, Herbes de Provence, cedar and vanilla. Inspired pairings might include a medium-rare filet with Gorgonzola and black pepper, a homemade flatbread with roasted garlic, caramelized onions, and Gruyere, or foraged wild mushroom ragout with polenta and grilled vegetables. The name Barbareño refers to the language historically spoken by the indigenous peoples who lived near the coast just to the west of our vineyard in Santa Ynez.
371 cases produced