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Vineyards

“This up-and-coming producer sources fruit from some of the Central Coast’s best vineyards”
— Joshua Raynolds
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar


Sauvignon Blanc


Grassini Family

Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA

Grassini is an exceptional vineyard located upon small hills and river benches of well-drained, super fine clay loam soils laced with serpentinite. Sauvignon Blanc is planted in high density (6×3) north-south rows and is meticulously managed and farmed for high quality. Wines from Grassini typically display explosive, tropical-weight, green spectrum fruits (Kiwi, Honeydew) balanced by fresh, clean and energetic acidity, with solid minerality, fascinating spice notes and only the slightest hints of fresh herbs.


Vogelzang Vineyard

Vogelzang Vineyard

Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA

Vogelzang is situated on a gently sloping bed of well-drained, gravelly loam soil with patches of serpentinite. Now over 20 years old, these vines produce extraordinary Sauvignon Balance when farmed carefully for low yields and vine balance. We farm three distinct blocks at Vogelzang, each contributing concentration and complexity to the highly acclaimed single vineyard wine, as well as the Happy Canyon blend. The oldest vines are found in Block D (clone 1), which runs east west on a slight slope with clay soils with sepentinite. Block P (clone 1) runs north-south, over a gentle slope with thinner soils that limit yields. Block M-1 (musque) is west of Block P on the same hill, but the musque clone contributes a fascinating aromatic and textural profile. Wines from Vogelzang typically display intense tropical aromas and flavors (pineapple, mango, guava) balanced by brilliant, mineral laced acidity, which we find appropriate for aging in French oak barrels.


Grimm's Bluff Vineyard

Grimm’s Bluff Vineyard

Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA

An exciting new project, Grimm’s Bluff was planted solely for the purpose of pushing the boundaries of quality grape growing. The vineyard was planted and is farmed lovingly according to Biodynamic principles and for low yields and extremely high quality. Soils are unique, with sandy loam and a mélange of river rocks on a well-drained hilltop facing south towards the Santa Ynez Mountains. We source fruit from three blocks: the largest section is in the unique head-trained section of the vineyard (clone1), while two smaller blocks are in the VSP sections and include clones 1 and musque. The vineyard produces tiny clusters for Sauvignon Blanc, resulting in low yields and fantastic concentration.

Chardonnay


Rita’s Crown

Sta. Rita Hills AVA

Rita’s Crown vineyard is located at one of the highest points in the Sta. Rita Hills, adjacent to such famous sites as Mt Carmel and Sea Smoke. The soils are a mix of sandy and clay loams with a good amount of diatomaceous earth. We obtain Chardonnay from a steep, west-southwest facing block above the monastery, which is regularly buffeted by high winds. The low vigor soils produce a small canopy, small yields and a long slow growing season. The wines here tend to show some beautiful tropical fruits, but are typically balanced and energetic, with strong notes of chalky minerals and ample acidity providing lift and cut.


Duvarita Vineyard

Duvarita Vineyard

Santa Barbara County AVA

Located west of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation (and thus labeled geographically as Santa Barbara County) on a south facing slope. We purchase Chardonnay from the upper slope which ranges from approximately 250 feet to 350 feet above sea level. Soils in the Chardonnay blocks include Arnold sand (deep, somewhat excessively drained soils that formed in material weathered from soft sandstone) and Marina sand (gently sloping to moderately steep rolling dune-like slopes that are essentially old sand dunes). These sandy soils are relatively poor and well drained; however, biodynamic farming, use of cover crops and composting have increased the organic material in the soil to a degree over the years, decreasing irrigation requirements and increasing sustainability.

The vineyard is lovingly farmed using biodynamic principles and is certified Biodynamic by Demeter.


Radian Vineyard

Radian Vineyard

Sta. Rita Hills AVA

Radian is perched on dramatically steep slopes of clay loam with large amounts of diatomaceous earth, providing excellent drainage and giving the wines a distinct minerality. This extreme site is regularly buffeted by high winds, cooling the vineyard and robbing it of moisture. The vines here struggle to set fruit, and only a tiny crop of small clusters are able to ripen. The resulting wines are lean and intense, with a fascinating mineral streak and a remarkable depth of flavor even at low alcohol levels.


Bentrock Vineyard

Bentrock Vineyard

Sta. Rita Hills AVA

Radian’s sister vineyard, Bentrock is perched on an undulating north-facing bench in the far western reaches of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Our rare block of extraordinary 76 clone Chardonnay is grown on extremely rocky shale and clay soils on a north facing outcropping that looks down upon the entire western portion of the Santa Rosa Road corridor of the Sta. Rita Hills.


Donnachadh Vineyard

Donnachadh Vineyard

Sta. Rita Hills AVA

Located along the eastern portion of Santa Rosa Road along the windswept Sant Ynez River, Donnachadh is certified organic. We source Chardonnay from a block on the steepest, highest portion of the vineyard on a north facing block of Clone 4. Here the clay loam and sandy clay loam soils contain a high concentration of rocks. This block is regularly buffeted by high winds, which cool the vineyard and rob it of moisture.


Spear Vineyard

Spear Vineyard

Sta. Rita Hills AVA

Spear is a fantastic vineyard and winery project located along the Highway 246 corridor at the eastern end of Sta Rita Hills. It was painstakingly developed with a dedication to organic farming from its inception. We source Chardonnay from two blocks here; the famous “shot berry” Wente clone is grown on well drained, sandy soils on a very gentle north-facing slope near the bottom of the vineyard, yielding clusters with tiny berries and lots of intrigue. Clone 96 is grown on steep, north-facing slopes further east, where soils turn to a mixture of clay and sand and provides power and weight.

Pinot Noir


Fiddlestix Vineyard

Sta. Rita Hills AVA

Located in the far western portion of Santa Rita Hills, Fiddlestix was planted in 1998 on a bench of well drained Gazos and Botella clay loam, loaded with chert and Monterey shale. Morning and evening fogs and cool ocean breezes provide a long growing season, which produces bold Pinot Noir with signature flavors of red fruits and loads of baking spices. We obtain fruit from four separate blocks (clones 5, 113, 115, 667, 777) in strategically selected locations.


Radian Vineyard

Radian Vineyard

Sta. Rita Hills AVA

Radian is perched on dramatically steep slopes of clay loam with large amounts of diatomaceous earth, providing excellent drainage and giving the wines a distinct minerality. This extreme site is regularly buffeted by high winds, cooling the vineyard and robbing it of moisture. The vines here struggle to set fruit, and only a tiny crop of small clusters are able to ripen. The resulting wines are lean and intense, with a fascinating mineral streak and a remarkable depth of flavor even at low alcohol levels.


Bentrock Vineyard

Bentrock Vineyard

Sta. Rita Hills AVA

Radian’s sister vineyard, Bentrock is perched on a series of undulating hills in the far western reaches of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Soils include Tierra Sandy Loam and Santa Lucia Shaly Clay Loam and some sections with diatomaceous earth. Fierce winds and consistent fog keep this site cool and provide for a long growing season. We farm several distinct blocks of Pinot Noir here (Clones 113, 115 and 667).


Duvarita Vineyard

Duvarita Vineyard

Santa Barbara County AVA

Located west of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation (and thus labeled geographically as Santa Barbara County) on a south facing slope. We purchase Pinot Noir from the upper slope which ranges from approximately 250 feet to 350 feet above sea level. the Pinot Noir is exclusively planted on Marina Sand. These sandy soils are relatively poor and well drained; however, biodynamic farming, use of cover crops and composting have increased the organic material in the soil to a degree over the years, decreasing irrigation requirements and increasing sustainability.

The vineyard is lovingly farmed using biodynamic principles and is certified Biodynamic by Demeter.


John Sebastiani Vineyard

John Sebastiano Vineyard

Sta. Rita Hills AVA

A steep, dramatic, hillside site on the eastern edge of Sta. Rita Hills. We source Pinot Noir from the highest elevation block (clone 777) which grows on south facing slopes of nutrient deficient sandy clay loam soils. High winds limit growth here, and resulting wines are intensely fruited, with cola and spices. We have run several experimental pruning protocols here to arrive at the best combination of yield, vine balance and canopy exposure. Our blocks at JSV are Organically farmed.

Syrah & Grenache


Stolpman Vineyard

Stolpman Vineyard

Ballard Canyon AVA

A stalwart vineyard in the heart of the Ballard Canyon AVA, Stolpman is planted upon rolling hills of sandy clay loam, underpinned with limestone. We obtain fruit from multiple blocks, some of which are from the original plantings (year 1996), and some from the newer (planted 2006), high-density plantings on steep hills at the north edge of the property. Stolpman’s vineyard management team is second to none, and the syrah is organic and dry-farmed, producing low yields of spectacularly rich red fruits, with classic notes of dried meats and a distinct mineral edge.


John Sebastiani Vineyard

John Sebastiano Vineyard

Sta. Rita Hills AVA

A steep, dramatic, hillside site on the border of the Santa Rita Hills appellation. We source Grenache grows on a steep, south facing hillside at the south eastern corner of the vineyard. The soil is almost pure sand on the eastern edge of the block and is slightly heavier sandy clay loam toward the west and at the bottom of the block. Grenache ripens slowly here, producing small berries of intensity and a cool, energetic, mineral-laden wine of high-toned red fruits, with great aromatics.

Our Syrah comes from three blocks. Own-rooted Clone 383 grows at the highest point in the vineyard, on a steep, south-facing slopes which are blasted with gusty winds. Clone 470 on 5BB is located on the same hill. Estrella is grown on a thin ridge of sandy soils just south of the others. These sites are among the coldest Syrah plantings in Santa Barbara, and the wines are incredibly aromatic, with classic black and red fruits, spices and balanced acidity and tannins. Our blocks at JSV are Organically farmed.


Kimsey Vineyard

Kimsey Vineyard

Ballard Canyon AVA

Kimsey is located in the southern portion of the Ballard Canyon AVA and is located on gently undulating slopes of thin sandy soils with rocks and some limestone subsoils. Grapes here tend to yield intensely fruit-driven, spicy wines with meat and blueberry notes. Certified Organic.


Spear Vineyard

Spear Vineyard

Sta. Rita Hills AVA

Spear is one of the coolest sites for Syrah in Santa Barbara. We source Syrah from multiple blocks at Spear; one block (Clone 383) is located higher up on a north facing slope at the south end of the vineyard and two blocks (470 and Alban) are found on gentle, lower elevation slopes of sand and sandy loam closer to the winery. Certified Organic.


Santa Barbara County and its AVAs

The 50 miles stretching from Point Conception to Rincon constitutes the longest east-west traverse of shoreline from Alaska to Cape Horn. Here, the Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains form a unique coastal range, and the inland ebb and flow of fog and ocean breezes make the region one of the coolest viticultural areas in California. Because of this geologic oddity, the ocean breezes sweep eastward, channeled by the hills and mountains that ring the region. Heading east into the foothills, the temperatures are warm during the day and very cool during the night, whereas the vineyards that lie westward toward the ocean enjoy a mild and moderate climate. Coupled with soils that run the gamut from ancient beach and diatomaceous earth to chert and limestone, there is a near-perfect place for a wide variety of wine grapes. These microclimates have been identified and are now delineated by several smaller AVAs (American Viticultural Area).

Santa Ynez Valley AVA

The Santa Ynez Valley (a larger and more general appellation) is located just north of Santa Barbara in a very unique east-west trending valley. As a result of this geography, the mountains and valleys funnel the cool winds and fog from the Pacific Ocean inland, which, along with marine-derived soils, creates an amazing array of microclimates which can grow a diversity of exceptional grapes. Our John Sebastiano Syrah and Grenache come from Santa Ynez Valley.

Sta. Rita Hills AVA

Located on the cool western margin on the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Rita Hills (aka Sta. Rita Hills) is a true coastal AVA. Consistent wind and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean make this AVA a chilly Davis Region I climate (the same as Champagne and parts of Burgundy). The marine soils and this special climate are ideal for growing Pinot Noir and ultra-cool-climate Syrah and Grenache. Our Sta. Rita Hills vineyard sources include Fiddlestix, Cargasacchi, La Encantada, John Sebastiano, Radian and Bentrock.

Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA

Happy Canyon is located at the warmer, eastern end of the valley. The temperate climate and high-magnesium serpentine-derived soils provide an ideal location for growing Bordeaux varietals, particularly, in our opinion Sauvignon Blanc. We source our Sauvignon Blanc from key vineyards including Grassini and Vogelzang.

Ballard Canyon AVA

Located in the center of Santa Ynez Valley, the area’s newest AVA is generally a cool-climate area (UC Davis Region II); however, it enjoys significant diurnal temperature swings. Thus the area enjoys hot, sunny days moderated by cool to cold nights, brought in by post-sunset ocean breezes. The area has a fascinating mix of soils, and our vineyard sources (Stolpman, Harrison Clarke) feature thin, well drained and frankly poor soils of sandy loam, overlying pockets of limestone, which limit vegetative growth and provide minerality in the wines. Ballard Canyon is planted heavily towards the Rhône varieties, and we feel most notably, Syrah.