2013 Agua Dulce de Refugio ~ $22
Our delicious aperitif-style 100% Malvasia Bianca dances across the palate with its playful personality and zesty verve. Agua Dulce means “sweet water” in Spanish, and the hint of residual sugar here is balanced beautifully by the bracing, refreshing acidity. The nose offers classic Malvasia Bianca aromatics of jasmine, citrus blossom and hibiscus, while the intriguingly effervescent palate delivers notes of honeysuckle, white peach, papaya, tangerine and candied citrus peel. Pair this amazingly versatile wine with crab-stuffed roasted Poblano peppers, a plate of good Manchego cheese and Spanish olives, or a luxuriously relaxed Saturday afternoon with good friends and great conversation.
126 cases produced
2011 Sauvignon Blanc ~ $24
An extraordinary synthesis of the styles of California and Bordeaux, this gorgeous Sauvignon Blanc finds the perfect balance between the old world and the new. A wonderfully approachable blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon, this wine is opulent yet focused, with the presence of a small percentage of new French oak providing lush mouthfeel and fine structure. A nose of fresh chamomile, Meyer lemons, crème brûlée and baked apples segues into the harmonious palate of white peach, candied ginger, orange peel, wet stone and quince, while the beguiling finish shows almond paste, ripe Mission figs, and a hint of tarragon. Pair this with a salad of baby arugula, blueberries, lemon zest, olive oil and black pepper, or a creamy wild mushroom risotto with saffron.
230 cases produced
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
2011 Escondrijo ~ $32
A blend of 58% Syrah, 33% Grenache and 9% Petite Sirah, our Escondrijo (Spanish for “Hideaway”) offers a captivating nose of red raspberries, dark cherry, and incense, while the juicy palate suggests black plums, saddle leather, candied orange peel, boysenberry compote and white pepper. The nuanced acidity of this wine (produced, like all our wines, from estate-grown fruit) compliments the intriguing flavors with its lovely structure. Fine-grained tannins reminiscent of black tea highlight the long finish on this superb wine. Pair this with grilled eggplant tacos with caramelized onions and cotija cheese, slow-roasted pepper-encrusted lamb chop with mint jelly, or classic Santa Maria-style tri-tip barbecue.
289 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