Santa Barbara County, Central Coast

Liquid Farm

SBC Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2016

All these guys do is make delicious, pretty wines. Medium burgundy color with light ruby undertones in the glass. Definitely needs some decent decanting. Ripe red fruits, fresh, fragrant herbs, and rose petals on the nose. This is an almost perfectly balanced Pinot, with nice complexity and depth. Restrained and elegant, there’s a nice level of complexity here that you’re just not going to find in most California Pinots. And as elegant as I say it is, she still has plenty of dirty funk going on. Beautiful cranberries, tart cherries, and tobacco smoke absolutely shine on the palate. White pepper, forest floor, and a bit of cinnamon play along, as well. Good length on the finish with peppered vanilla. I love these Santa Barbara wines. I really love these Liquid Farm wines. Outstanding stuff. — 13 days ago

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Delicate clover makes your photo beautiful. Lovely review. 🍷
Willie Carter

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@Trixie Thank you so much for your words. I really appreciate them


Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara County Malbec 2017

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Strong nose of black plums, blackberries, black currants, black cherries, earth, spices, vanilla, wood, vegetables, peppercorn, earth, tobacco, chocolates and pencil lead.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, light barnyard, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.

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

This is a nice Malbec from Happy Canyon in California. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

A good everyday wine, with nice balance and a tangy finish.

Good by itself or with food. Better after sometime in a decanter. I let it open up for 2.5 hours.

I paired it with a cheese plate and crackers.

A blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Petit Verdot. Aged for 10 months in French and American oak barrels (10% new).

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 23 days ago

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Venteux Vineyards

Tache le Verre Alisos Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2016

Give it about 45-60 min on air and you’ll get a dark, jammy, luscious wine that will please most people. Relatively light tannins for its color and depth. Exceptionally enjoyable to drink with or without food. — 7 days ago

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Bar-M Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

Ron R

A point of reference is useful... this crushes the Morlet, and at $23 it’s a case but.
Pristine, focused and lifted. RP nailed the notes and rating. Loads of pears and flowers on the nose and palate. Beautiful delineation and acidity. Trust me on this - you won’t be disappointed.
— 5 days ago

P, Shay and 32 others liked this
Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

Never heard of this wine
Ron R

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Seek it out, @Hugh O'Riordan. It’s superb fir the shekels!

Malene Wines

Santa Barbara County Rosé Blend 2017

John Howard

This is the Santa Barbara County. Really well balanced, pretty wine. — 4 days ago

Mike, P and 7 others liked this

Herman Story

Casual Encounters Syrah Blend 2017

This will do well in a couple more years — 6 days ago

Shay, Ted and 8 others liked this


"Y" Block Chardonnay 2015

Andrew Holod

Aperitif into veggie fritters of garden carrot, zucchini, ricotta and Berbere spice mix.
Pale yellow. Enough oak to smell it, but not intrusive. So nose = creamy caramel, pear, vanilla. Fresh aromas of Cortland apple, vaguely floral, good acidity in the mouth.
Half bottle format seems perfect size for cooking and into a meal.
— 11 days ago

Eric liked this


Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2016

Shay A

Monthly WTF wine group night. Our theme was American oak vs French oak. All wines tasted blind. We started off with two bottles of bubbly and finished with two non-themed reds.

Jammy! It actually smelled carbonic? Surprising. Dark and baked fruit without being dense with rich meats/bacon at the finish. I guessed this as Cali Syrah with French oak. Thanks
@Will Adams
— 9 days ago

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Herman Story

Bolt Cutter Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2013

2013 Vintage. 15.6% Alcohol. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petite Verdot, 10% Petite Sirah, 10% Syrah. Big, but velvet now on the palate. Sorry to have missed the party, but enjoying this! — 6 days ago

Shay, Shawn and 4 others liked this

Gainey Vineyard

Santa Barbara County Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016

This afternoon I have opened the 2016 Gainey Vineyard Santa Barbara County Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir. The Gainey Vineyard has been around since 1962 and has been producing wonderful wines since then.

On the nose there is strawberry, raspberry, cherry cola, rosemary, herbal and vegetal notes, slight hint of vanilla and oak with an earthy undertone.

On the palate there is cherry, raspberry, plum, clove, spice, light oak, lavender and an earthy backbone.

This wine is medium bodied with medium + acidity and medium to + fine tannin that leads into a medium long fruit and earthy finish. I hope everyone has had a wonderful long weekend and are ready to get back to the grind. Please be safe and enjoy the short work week. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 18 days ago

P, Kirk and 15 others liked this