Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast

Qupé

Bien Nacido Vineyard Hillside Estate Roussanne 2014

Fantastic wine. Nose has a lot going on. Ripe pear, cold butter, lanolin, wet stones with algae clinging from them plucked from a (non polluted) river. Rich and large-framed in the mouth. A nice bitter note builds, along with a nice bit of acidity, in the very long finish. I popped it with pasta carbonara, and it was magical. — a day ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Yes, CA Roussanne, one of my favorite white varietals!

Sanguis

Some Poets Syrah-Viognier 2009

From whole cluster fruit this does an exceptional job of providing verve and punch while maintaining balance. Delicious. — 2 months ago

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New to me @Bill Bender . I usually enjoy the Syrahs dashed with Viognier.
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The whole line-up from Matthew Pippig is right up your alley @Shay A

Foxen

Tinaquaic Vineyard Syrah 2014

Seriously *ahem* sumptuous stuff. If I was in a typically uncharitable mood and not already a bottle deep after a lovely Valentine's Day dinner I might say this was a tad overripe. But as it is I mean how can you not love it? Blackberry coulis, iron filings, clove, and bacon fat lend this an open, lascivious aromatic character that's hard to resist. On the palate the wine is gorgeously ripe and velveteen, with meaty, savory black fruit that's still fresh and light on its feet courtesy of juicy acids and just a glimpse of granitic minerality. On the cusp of being overdone but who cares. It's scrumptious. — a day ago

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J. Wilkes

Santa Maria Valley Pinot Blanc 2016

Clean, more complex bigger brother of Pinot Grigio. Slight fruit quality of fleshy stone fruit. Delightfully refreshing and elegant. Tasted with winemaker Wes Hagen in the photo. — 6 hours ago

Stanley, Shawn and 3 others liked this

J. Wilkes

Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay 2016

Buttered warm baked crusty apple dessert on the nose. Lightly oaked, allows the crispness of the grape to sparkle through the warmth. — 5 days ago

David, Daniel P. and 8 others liked this

Tyler

Bien Nacido Vineyard-W Block Chardonnay 2014

Absolutely friggin sublime. Tyler Chardonnays are often a little edgy and tightly coiled, with serious acid structure that can be kinda imposing, especially in youth. They bristle with energy and cut and are wont to leave even seasoned acid heads reaching for the Pepto at the end of the night. And I love that about them. Truly I do. But this wine has ascended to a higher astral plane. It has shed some of that puerile nervosite and in its place achieved total harmony. The nose is reserved at first, giving up notes of citrus zest, salt air, and pastry cream with a little coaxing. The palate is exquisitely balanced, with riper flavors of lemon meringue and subtle toast that positively coat the palate. It's not until the finish that the acid, minerality, and sheer phenolic weight of the wine finally intercede, and man do they stick with you. An absolute master class in American Chardonnay, with a long life still ahead of it. — a day ago

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Twomey

Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Pale purple color. Aromas of underripe strawberries, white pepper and sandalwood. Simply amazing! Mellow red fruit flavors compliment the soft white pepper on the palate. — 6 days ago

Shay, Severn and 10 others liked this

Jaffurs Wine Cellars

Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Viognier 2017

Jaffurs Wine Cellars was founded by Craig Jaffurs, known for his Rhone blends, and released his first commercial wine in 1994. Craig turned the business over to Dan and Janelle Green in 2016. About 40% of the wine was aged for 6 months in neutral oak and the rest in stainless steel, which keeps the wine fresh. Aromas of tropical fruits and elegant floral notes. On the palate layered flavors of peach, apricot and honey with refreshing acid balance. Nice mouthfeel, medium length, ending with refreshing fruit. Very nice! Tasting Sample! — 15 days ago

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Liquid Farm

Bien Bien Santa Maria Chardonnay 2015

A nod to Burgundy but ripe and exuberant like you would expect from the Central coast. — 11 days ago

Bill, Severn and 24 others liked this

The Ojai Vineyard

Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

Really enjoying this wine. Cherries, clove and a nice mineral driven pallet. — 5 days ago

Shay, Mark and 2 others liked this