Santa Rita

Hilliard Bruce

Sun Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Not their best vintage by any means, but very tasty all the same! Mint and tobacco on the nose. A hint of red raspberries on the front. A light tannic structure, with high notes of cider on the end. Too bad Hilliard Bruce went out of business. They were the best of the Santa Rita AVA. — 2 days ago

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Melville

Estate Fox Block Nine Pinot Noir 2014

Tried a Sample and bought a bottle. In 1989, Melville Vineyards, was founded in Sonoma, where Ron Melville grew high quality, Chard, Merlot, and Cab Sauv. In 1996, Ron's desire to grow Pinot Noir brought Melville Vineyards to Lompoc's Sta. Rita Hills, in Santa Barbara County. Ruby with aromas of sweet red fruits and vivid spice. Flavors of raspberry and strawberry, currant like, adding cinnamon and leathery notes. Fine tannins, lingering ending with nice mouthfeel bringing back fruit and subtle spice. Nice! — a month ago

Shay, Daniel P. and 3 others liked this

Belle Glos

Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2016

Another vintage of this and still full bodied with distinct Pinot flavours but backed up by sweet fruit and spice. Looks more like Cabernet in the glass, very nice. May not suit the California Pinot purists but I could see this being a good banker for a Christmas or thanksgiving lunch. — 11 days ago

David, Daniel and 10 others liked this

Pence Ranch

Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2017

If you don’t regularly drink Chardonnay, I urge you to try a bottle from Santa Rita Hills, especially one from Pence, a relatively new winery. — 8 days ago

Sandhi Wines

Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2013

Wine of the weekend for me: Sandhi 2013 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir. It’s got a coastal Cali quality that I call “where the ocean meets the land” — like a combo of pine and sea spray. — 2 days ago

Sharon, Paul and 11 others liked this

Morgan

McIntyre Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

Very nice. No overwhelming characteristics but was tiled towards a White Burgundy or a White Rhône. Lovely texture, but could have used more aroma, fruit, and crispness. Medium finish. — 3 days ago

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Tom, Iwan and 3 others liked this

Liquid Farm

SMV Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2015

Has some fruit elements, v well made — 21 days ago

Ron, Ted and 15 others liked this

Foxen

La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Delightful. Medium Garnet. Barnyard. Mushroom nose. Soft cherry with strawberry dominate notes throughout. Classic Santa Maria Hills. — 11 days ago

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Domaine de la Côte

Bloom's Field Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016

So young that it doesn’t show super well yet but you can easily sense the potential. — 4 days ago

Shay, Ron and 1 other liked this

Ampelos

Ampelos Vineyard Delta Grenache 2010

New producer that was unfamiliar to me, but this bottle has left me intrigued and interested to try more. Very generous and thoughtful gift from a coworker and friend. Dark red hue, medium acidity, with floral, candied cherries, strawberry, black pepper, vanilla, baking spices, and cinnamon notes. The french oak is evident on the palate (my guess 40% new French Oak). Surprisingly very smooth with refined tannins. Age has done this bottle justice. My wife loved it! (Happy Wife, Happy Life). Thanks Ryan! Looks like this was my 500th wine! — 20 days ago

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