Santa Barbara County, Central Coast


Révélation Rodney's Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend 2012

Last had one of these 1.5 years ago. This wine has aged well...smokiness is magnified and the wine has become very smooth. — 3 days ago

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Bolt to Wines

Ballard Canyon Syrah 2017

Bolt to Wines Ballard Canyon Syrah 2017, California

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

On the nose, blackberry jam, sweet cherries, raisins, wood, spices, chocolates, tobacco, graphite, dark coffee, light earth and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, black currants, coffee, oak, spices, earth, light vegetables, tobacco, herbs, tar, vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very nice Syrah from California. Bold and extracted, yet soft on the finish. Spicy and tangy.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle too.

Might be a good idea to wait a few more years with this one.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

15% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 23 days ago

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Au Bon Climat

Santa Barbara County Pinot Gris Pinot Blanc 2017

Crisp, bold and lovely. Slightly fruity, mineral heavy, flavorful. A white wine for non-white wine drinkers. — 3 days ago

Stolpman Vineyards

Ballard Canyon Sangiovese 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed this perfectly aged Sangiovese. A fuller bodied ver of its old world cousin, so well crafted. — 13 hours ago

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Artiste Winery

Rafael Santa Barbara County Malbec Blend

Pencil shavings on nose. Full body. Dry, peppery, dark red fruit, anise. — 10 days ago

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The Hilt

The Vanguard Chardonnay 2015

Re-committing to my long review backlog. This one is a perennial favorite for me, and Wayne does a great job from year to year with this central coast chard. More on the honey/peach side of the spectrum, with a light amount of oak and butter. Definitely one (like Aubert) that benefits from a bit of time in the glass and approaching room temp. — 7 months ago

David, Shay and 3 others liked this

Jaffurs Wine Cellars

Santa Barbara County Syrah 2016

A very luscious Syrah with complex fruit structure. Loved ever glass and every conversation. Highly recommend. — 6 days ago

Herman Story

Bolt Cutter Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

Delectable Wine

Opaque purple. Heady, smoke-tinged aromas of ripe black currant and cherry are complemented by suggestions of mocha, vanilla, cured meat and pipe tobacco. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering deep-pitched dark fruit preserve, cherry cola, vanilla and floral pastille flavors sharpened by a hint of cracked pepper. Gently chewy tannins build steadily on a very long, dark-fruit- and spice-driven finish that leaves a hint of espresso behind. 70% new French oak. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2020)
— 7 days ago

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Santa Barbara County White Blend 2016

Sweet notes of honey, ripe melon and pine nuts. Agree with @Ron R - This does take you to a great place. Time for some sun now? Here’s to you Ron. 🙏😎 — 17 days ago

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Just so you know, @James Ayling, we jacked this wine from @David L. He’s the czar on white wines on DL. Ask somebody 😀
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@David L - Thank you Sir!
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Just fortunate enough to have tried it a few times. Happy you enjoyed it

Fess Parker

The Big Easy Syrah Blend 2016

2.9. Purple Syrah blend from Santa Barbara, CA. Too fruity for our taste, and not very complex. A gift from someone. — 3 days ago