Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast

Belle Glos

Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019

This young Pinot Noir from California is already drinking very nicely.

Big, bold and opulent. Rich, yet elegant. Very fruity on the palate.

Showing black fruits with wood, vanilla, earth, spices, chocolates, tobacco leaf and light green vegetables.

Spicy finish with soft tannins.

I prefer drinking this at around 5 year of age.

I gave it a long decant (2 hours), which callmed it down a bit.

A Pinot Noir for the Cabernet lover.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$50.
— 7 days ago

Dave, Iwan and 13 others liked this

Story of Soil

John Sebastiano Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Bright, pretty, red fruit, light body, mineral - Santa Barbara without the heat. Still young and maybe will add some complexity in a few years. Love this producer. — 15 days ago

Romain, Ira and 6 others liked this

Au Bon Climat

Relevant Nuits-Blanches au Bouge Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2016

Fantastic example of the region and one of its top winemakers doing what they do to produce an exceptional, balanced Chardonnay — 2 days ago

Cambria Estate Winery

Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Very nice Pinot from the Santa Maria Valley. Delicious. Fruitful and nice acidity. Wine Enthusiast 94 points seems a little out there. 😊 — 13 days ago

Kendall-Jackson

Jackson Estate Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay 2018

Color of bubbly saturated gold. Nose is full of ripe tropical fruits, like pineapple, mangos, and banana, plus some nutty note and mineral. Nose is full. Taste is following the nose yet lighter, with addition of some more flowering note. Almost dry and a bit warm from nutty note. Aftertaste shows some more mineral and a bit more sweet. On par. — 10 days ago

Neil, Mike and 5 others liked this

Qupé

Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Syrah 2016

Light purple with just the faintest hint of cherry and a wide brim. The nose here speaks to Syrah. Real Syrah, not close your eyes and it might be Pinot Syrah. A big vegetal upon opening with a little green olive but the bright fruit soon takes over. Plums and black cherries combine with mushrooms and smokiness. There’s a bit of something resembling Lucky Strikes but in a good way. The best part is that everything is in its right place. Nothing disjointed.

Highly impressive balance and structure. Again, everything in the right place. After decanting, the palate shows boysenberry, dried cherries, and more plums. A little forest floor and mild smoke. As much funk as you would want it in a Syrah. The finish is long and just lingers on the tongue. This is real Syrah. It’s the good stuff. More age will only improve this. Terrific stuff.
— 18 days ago

Dawn, Trixie and 2 others liked this

Coquelicot Estate Vineyard

Rose & Son Brioche Skin Contact Grüner Veltliner Blend 2019

With just a few days of skin contact under its belt, this wine straddles the line between a rich white and orange wine. Appearance is translucent gold. On the nose this wine is soft and quiet with some subtle citrus, honey, and stone. Dry and light-bodied, with a crisp tart apple and botanical flavor. Finish is on the shortish side with a hint of tannin. Overal a balanced, elegant affair. — 12 days ago

Josh, Vanessa and 1 other liked this

Scar of the Sea

Rancho Sisquoc Santa Maria Valley Syrah 2019

Suspected this would go with whole roasted grapefruit chicken but didn’t know how well. I read that the team behind this parted ways. Dark blackberry color, & a rich yet balanced black currant palate with surprising 13.5% alcohol. Some Sopressetta notes but more on the fruit rather than game spectrum. Delicious. And @25$ or less. — 14 days ago

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Liquid Farm

La Hermana Chardonnay

This wine has bright acidity, notes of citrus, green apples, yellow pears and white flowers. Which went very
well with the grill fennel with mustard seeds sauce and prosciutto, sweet potatoes, portobella mushrooms and skirt steak which was season with just salt, pepper and some mustard seeds. This wine is very well structured and the flavors are intense with earthy and mineral driving finish which went great side by side the stake.
— 14 days ago

The Valley Project

Los Alamos Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2012

This is quite a special wine. I don’t care what the others rated this. I like it. Purchased on my trip to Santa Barbara almost 6 years ago. Now I remember why I bought it at the tasting room. Nice floral bouquet, slightly acidic, light translucent color with less than 13 percent alcohol (that’s a good thing). Very good structure that would suggest this wine is in the middle innings and can probably last a few more years — 8 days ago

leon, David and 2 others liked this