Santa Ynez Valley, Central Coast

Kita

Camp 4 Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Kitá, red blend, Santa Ynez Valley, CA, Vintage 2014, ABV 13.5%. The blend is comprised of 48% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot. @kitawines

👁 It had a beautiful purple hue and vibrant notes of black cherry, blackberry, black currant, plum, violets, cedar, nutmeg, vanilla, leather, and tobacco. 👃 👄

I loved learning about the background on this wine and winemaker Tara Gomez, who studied enology with financial help from her tribe, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. 💕 Tara has worked with iconic figures in the California wine world — such as Fess Parker and J. Lohr— and has traveled the world, honing her own unique style of winemaking that blends the best of old world and new world techniques. 👏👏👏 @tgomez805

This red blend is made of grapes grown on the Camp 4 Vineyard, purchased by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in 2010, when Tara was hired as head winemaker. 🍇🍇 The land was previously cultivated by Fess Parker, who had an influence on Tara’s budding career while interning at Fess Parker Winery during her enology studies.

The word "Kitá" means "Our Valley Oak" in the Santa Ynez Chumash native language of Samala. The wine is speaks to “place” and respect for the land from which it is cultivated. 🌎 🌳 Yields and production are kept small to promote sustainable growing practices and the grapes are harvested by hand and vinified with minimal intervention.
— 10 days ago

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Au Bon Climat

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N: Lemons, ginger, banana peel, very fresh, like a just passed thunderstorms sun. You can smell the oak, but it’s like a ghost in the background.
P:Lemon custard, ever so light, creamy,tart, long finish, slight wood. He was really talented.
R.I.P. Jim Clendenen
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With time and air, some flinty mineral goodness appears along with the sensation of citrus pith.
— 5 days ago

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Daniel Bloom

We love that mineral sense!

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Arrabiata Shrimp accompaniment, — 2 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Ghost pepper marinara sauce?
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Paul T- Huntington Beach

I wish, it was a shared meal so I had to keep the peppers 🌶 to a minimum.

Jamie Slone Wines

Santa Ynez Red Blend 2017

Blend of 44% Malbec, 23% Cab Sauv, 23% Merlot & 10% Cab Franc, aged 24 months in French oak, new (20%) and neutral (80%). Deep Ruby with aromas of ripe berry fruits, herb, floral and baking spice. On the palate flavors of blackberry and cherry with creamy cacao, tobacco and cinnamon. Well balanced, firm yet silky tannins, long finish ending with slight notes of vanilla and mineral tang. Very nice! — 19 days ago

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