Sta. Rita Hills, Central Coast

Stringer Cellars

John Sebastiano Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

Light gold in color with a green hue.

Pronounced nose of citrus, lemons, oak, vanilla, spices, grapefruits, pears and red apples.

Full bodied, buttery and smooth, with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with red apples, citrus, lemons, grapefruits, sea salt, white pepper, oak, vanilla and spices.

Medium plus on the finish with limes and almonds.

This is a very enjoyable California Chardonnay. Shows a very typical taste profile, with an above average quality and flavor.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, as it is not bitter. Nice length on the finish, which I liked.

This is a nice surprise. Enjoyable and gracious mouthfeel with nice complexity.

Better when not very cold to show the complexity.

I paired it with cheeses and nuts.

13.9% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 8 hours ago

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Jamie Slone Wines

Pinot Noir 2014

Jamie Slone Wines is a small producer of some fine wines from Santa Barbara County. P1 (a racing term), is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon and 34% Syrah, aged for 30 months in new and neutral French Oak. Aromas of lively fruit, spice and cedar notes. On the palate fresh fruit flavors cherry and currants with some leather and cacao spice with underlying gentle sweetness. Well balanced, soft tannins, lingering ending with great mouthfeel. A winner, one of my Fav’s! Tasting Sample. — 8 days ago

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Fe Ciega Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Really a 9.3 but I’m curious to see how it improves - might develop into something even more special. As it is, this was a great wine; one part smoky venison, two parts stewed strawberries. Lots of fruit for an austere vintage. — 3 days ago

Whitcraft Winery

Cuvée Viticole Sta Rita Hills La Lie Fine Pinot Noir 2017

Crunchy, vibrant Pinot. 12.55% ABV (woot!) Unfined, unfiltered. This is Brian’s style of wine, a style I’m happy to drink. But, my resident non-credentialed wine drinker said: “It looks like a Pinot, but it doesn’t taste like a Pinot....”
There’s some candied cherry fruit for sure, but grippy minerals and green veggies make this a different animal. Could easily be confused with cru Beaujolais.
— 15 days ago

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Clos Pepe Estate

Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2014

Ruby colored liquid in my glass. Hints of cherry pie on the nose. Flavors of tart cherries, red plums and baking spices. Beautiful acidity. A very balanced wine. This is my last regular bottle of CP wine. I do have a VS Pinot which I will sit on for a while. Glad other wineries are making really good wines from the Clos Pepe vineyard. — 19 days ago

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Mount Carmel Chardonnay 2009

Golden with aromas of fruit and toasty creamy oak spice. On the palate pear, apple and honey with hints of peach and citrus notes and nice round oaky tones, showing its age. Medium+ finish ending with a sweet creamy mineral edge. Don’t wait any longer on this one! — 20 days ago

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Paul Lato

"Seabiscuit" Zotovich Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

This was the most open of the Pinots and drinking great. I kept tasting cherry jolly ranchers.
Paul Lato was in town and I had the chance to spend some time with him and taste through several of his new releases. His wines are great across the board.
— 15 days ago

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Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016

A good surprise. Great mix of acidity and creaminess in this Chardonnay. Really enjoyed it — 11 days ago

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Pence Ranch

Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

Complex, creamy, aromatic Central Coast Chardonnay—quite delicious. Apples, pears, nutmeg and minerals. Better than most Chardonnays from Napa that I’ve had, and much more affordable. Enjoyed the 2016 vintage with Lobster Thermidor from Dear John’s in Culver City. — 2 days ago


Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005

Black fruits and sous bois, lovely and drinking well 🤩 — 10 days ago

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