2021 Tasting Notes

This release includes four of the most historic and progressive Santa Barbara County vineyards in one setting.
2021 Anika Syrah

Though low in alcohol and far from rich, this wine is so elegant and complex that to use the word restrained would be a disservice. Nothing is held back, all is in balance, the purple flowers, cured and almost candied meat, cracked black pepper and tapenade tattooing a cool-climate Syrah that also finds plenty of blue fruit. With depth, freshness and structure, the historic old vines of Bien Nacido Vineyard continue to delight.

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2021 Romance Pinot Noir

Romance comes from a newer parcel beneath Domaine de la Côte planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. On its fourth vintage, the 2021 leans more savory than years past, an undertone of charred earth opening up to pomegranate, rose petals and cola. Quick and briny on the palate, tightly-wrapped by persistent spice and tannins, Romance shows the lift and grit of the far western Sta. Rita Hills.

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2021 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir

2021 marks vintage number 50 for Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, and a rather cool vintage at that. The immediate freshness of this wine is proof. California sage and olive brine leap from the glass alongside the high-toned red berries and pink peppercorn classic to the site. Herbal, salty, bursting with fruit and a hint of baking spice, the palate finishes with fine, persistent tannins.

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2022 White Buffalo Land Trust Pinot Noir

The second vintage of the Sandhi White Buffalo Land Trust Pinot Noir and a lens into the coastal wildness of Jalama Canyon Ranch. Grown just ten miles from the Pacific, juicy red plum, crunchy juniper, cola and a hint of blistered Castelvetrano Olives meet a light, refreshing palate. Like the sea itself, salty, mineral undertones rise and hang on, offering length with tannic backbone.

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