This Week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous

Welcome to this week's Vinous Top Ten! Each week we compile a list of top ten wines from the Vinous database that you need to add to your wine wish list. With all the various regions, producers, and grapes, no week will be the same! All of the wines listed in this feature are available for purchase on Banquet . This week's must-try wines are from Antonio Galloni’s article Santa Barbara: An In-Depth Look at the 2018s . Enjoy an excerpt from his article and his notes for this week's top ten below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ “Readers will find a wealth of superb wines to explore in this year’s crop of new releases from Santa Barbara. A mix of established producers upping their games and younger winemakers building their reputations are at the heart of one of the most dynamic regions anywhere in the world. The 2018 harvest gave producers the raw materials to make stunning wines that capture the promise I sensed when I first started tasting the vintage from barrel last year, but quality is variable in some, so a little care is essential.” --Antonio Galloni, Santa Barbara: An In-Depth Look at the 2018s, August 2020 1. Cambria 2018 Chardonnay Katherine's Vineyard 2. Crown Point Vineyard 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon 3. Jaffurs 2018 Syrah - Santa Barbara County 4. Liquid Farm 2018 Pinot Noir - Santa Barbara County 5. Next of Kyn 2016 No. 10 Cumulus Vineyard 6. Ojai Vineyard 2018 Chardonnay Puerta Del Mar 7. Piedrasassi 2018 Syrah - Santa Barbara County PS 8. Sandhi 2018 Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills 9. Tensley 2018 Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard 10. Tyler 2018 Pinot Noir - Santa Barbara County

Tyler

Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2018

Delectable Wine
9.2

The 2018 Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County) is gorgeous. A rush of sweet floral and red berry notes makes a strong opening statement. Rose petal, red berry, blood orange and mint are all laced together in a Pinot of exquisite harmony and total finesse. I would give it another year or two in bottle to fully come together. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, August 2020)
— a year ago

Piedrasassi

PS Santa Barbara County Syrah 2018

Delectable Wine
9.2

The 2018 Syrah (Santa Barbara County) PS is juicy, bold and flat-out delicious. A burst of sweet blue/purplish fruit opens first, followed by a range of floral and savory notes that add complexity. A touch of whole cluster perfume comes through, with hints of lavender, sage, mint and black pepper that develop in the glass. Readers who want to explore the Piedrasassi range will find so much to like here. Best of all, the 2018 is a screaming value. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, August 2020)
— a year ago

Liquid Farm

SBC Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2018

Delectable Wine
9.3

The 2018 Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County) is an absolutely gorgeous appellation-level wine. The purity of the flavors alone is just stunning. Sweet red cherry, mint and blood orange take on shades of translucence. Light on its feet and yet beautifully layered, the 2018 has so much going on. It is an elegant and alluring wine from the first taste. Vineyard sites are Radian, Spear, La Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict. Don’t miss it. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, August 2020)
— a year ago

Cambria Estate Winery

Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Delectable Wine
9.2

The 2018 Chardonnay Katherine's Vineyard is a gentle, open-knit wine. Soft contours and the tropical accents typical of Santa Maria give the 2018 a very pretty sense of immediacy. Airy and gracious, with terrific precision, the Katherine's Chardonnay is classy through and through. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, August 2020)
— a year ago

Tensley

Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2018

Delectable Wine
9.7

A wine of immense pedigree and stature, the 2018 Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard captures the essence of Joey Tensley's style. Soaring aromatics, dense fruit and beams of tannin shape a Syrah of intense richness and savory depth. The Colson Canyon Syrah is a wine of tremendous dimension that gets better and better with time in the glass. Cedar, sweet pipe tobacco, iron and bright red fruit build into the palate-staining finish. All I can say is: Wow!! (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, August 2020)
— a year ago

The Ojai Vineyard

Puerta Del Mar Chardonnay 2018

Delectable Wine
9.5

The 2018 Chardonnay Puerta Del Mar is bright and finely sculpted. Lemon oil, white flowers, mint, and a range of saline-infused overtones all grace the 2018. Weightless and yet full of flavor, the 2018 is positively stellar. It is yet another fabulous white in this range of new releases from Ojai and a terrific example of the far western edge of Santa Barbara County that is outside of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, August 2020)
— a year ago

Jaffurs Wine Cellars

Santa Barbara County Syrah 2018

Delectable Wine
9.3

The 2018 Syrah (Santa Barbara County) is superb. Rich, deep and fleshy, this striking, absolutely delicious Syrah has so much to offer. Blueberry, violet, lavender, chocolate, spice, licorice and black pepper capture the essence of cool-climate Syrah. The 2018 is an irresistible appellation-level wine that punches well above its weight. What a knock-out! (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, August 2020)
— a year ago

Sandhi Wines

Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2018

Delectable Wine
9.3

The 2018 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) is a glorious wine. A burst of sweet red/purplish fruit makes a strong opening statement that reverberates off layers of savory and floral intensity. Deceptive in its mid-weight structure, the 2018 packs a serious punch. Readers who want to get a sense of the year would do well to start here. This striking appellation-level Pinot is one of the overachievers of the year. Then again, vineyard sites are Domaine de La Côte and Sanford & Benedict, which was not bottled separately, but used for wine. The 30% whole clusters are perfectly judged. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, August 2020)
— a year ago

Next of Kyn

Cumulus Vineyard No. 10 Syrah Blend 2016

Delectable Wine
9.5

The 2016 Next of Kyn is a rich, heady wine. Implosive and deep, the 2016 comes across as a wine that is still finding its balance in bottle. Time in the glass brings out swaths of dark fruit, grilled herbs, espresso and licorice. Readers need to be patient with the 2016, as it is going through an awkward stage today. In 2016, the blend is 46% Syrah, 19% Grenache, 18.3% Petite Sirah, 15.3% Mourvèdre and 1.4% Petit Manseng. The wine saw 34 months in oak, with 75% new oak. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, August 2020)
— a year ago

Crown Point

Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Delectable Wine
9.3

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-throttle wine. Powerful and ample in the glass, the 2016 is loaded with blackberry jam, chocolate, new leather, spice and new French oak. This is a decidedly ripe, flamboyant style, especially within the context of Happy Canyon. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, August 2020)
— a year ago