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Santa Barbara County White Blend

8.9141 ratings
9.023 pro ratings
Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California, USA
White Blend
Chicken, Turkey, Duck, Goose, Squash & Root Vegetables, Pork, Mushrooms, Shellfish, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Manchego & Parmesan, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Ron R
9.3

This in our mind is a special white wine Rhône example from Cali. Unctuous, dense, and packed with exotic fruits. While it lacks acidity, this oily, viscous example will cellar for at least another 5 years, but I don’t see it further improving.
Sushi from Hillstone, NYC.

This in our mind is a special white wine Rhône example from Cali. Unctuous, dense, and packed with exotic fruits. While it lacks acidity, this oily, viscous example will cellar for at least another 5 years, but I don’t see it further improving.
Sushi from Hillstone, NYC.

Jun 27th, 2020
Ron R
9.3

Just excellent, and improving with age.
Exotic and viscous Rhône white blend, with tropical notes of pineapple, almonds and white pepper. Oily mouthfeel, finishing sweet with wispy acidity. At $22, this is a no-brainer.

Just excellent, and improving with age.
Exotic and viscous Rhône white blend, with tropical notes of pineapple, almonds and white pepper. Oily mouthfeel, finishing sweet with wispy acidity. At $22, this is a no-brainer.

Nov 22nd, 2019
Ron R
9.2

Another @David L proposal, which is excellent - thank you. It has many similarities with a white Rhône, but I find it more accessible and appealing. The Viognier in the blend takes center stage, while the Grenache brings the texture and stone fruits. Would love to taste this 5 years from now, but it’s already gulpable.
Renovations update - another wall removed, and eyeing up replacing the 2nd flight of stairs...

Another @David L proposal, which is excellent - thank you. It has many similarities with a white Rhône, but I find it more accessible and appealing. The Viognier in the blend takes center stage, while the Grenache brings the texture and stone fruits. Would love to taste this 5 years from now, but it’s already gulpable.
Renovations update - another wall removed, and eyeing up replacing the 2nd flight of stairs...

Sep 27th, 2019
David L

Just an incredible value. Don’t know of many California wines at sub $20 that can touch this American “mostly Rhône” beauty!

Just an incredible value. Don’t know of many California wines at sub $20 that can touch this American “mostly Rhône” beauty!

Sep 1st, 2019
Eric Urbani

Nice white blend

Nice white blend

Oct 1st, 2018
Allison Lyzenga

Medium lemon; medium intensity aromas of melon, ripe pineapple, custard, caramelized sugar, pineapple upside down cake, vanilla; developing; dry, medium acid, high alcohol, medium plus body, pronounced intensity flavors of melon, pineapple upside down cake, vanilla

Medium lemon; medium intensity aromas of melon, ripe pineapple, custard, caramelized sugar, pineapple upside down cake, vanilla; developing; dry, medium acid, high alcohol, medium plus body, pronounced intensity flavors of melon, pineapple upside down cake, vanilla

Apr 13th, 2018
Ron R
9.3

Our besties gifted us this fun wine parka - very cool 😎
I hate drinking this wine cos it makes me feel good, then I forget stuff. In this case, I forgot to post it. Which brought front of mind a quote from Oscar Wilde:

“When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it happened or not, but I’m getting old, and soon I shall only remember the latter.”

Our besties gifted us this fun wine parka - very cool 😎
I hate drinking this wine cos it makes me feel good, then I forget stuff. In this case, I forgot to post it. Which brought front of mind a quote from Oscar Wilde:

“When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it happened or not, but I’m getting old, and soon I shall only remember the latter.”

1 person found it helpfulDec 26th, 2019
Daryl Yoder

Didnt really care for it. Probably wouldn't get it again.

Didnt really care for it. Probably wouldn't get it again.

1 person found it helpfulSep 21st, 2018
JJ Lumia

Lush flavors of apricot, melon, and creme brûlée. Complex, crisp, and creamy. Blend of Viognier, Rousanne, Grenache Blanc, and Chardonnay. Masterfully done, and just reinforces my belief that Grenache Blanc can do amazing things - but as a blending grape. Still fairly easy to find despite the WS Top 100 rating.

Lush flavors of apricot, melon, and creme brûlée. Complex, crisp, and creamy. Blend of Viognier, Rousanne, Grenache Blanc, and Chardonnay. Masterfully done, and just reinforces my belief that Grenache Blanc can do amazing things - but as a blending grape. Still fairly easy to find despite the WS Top 100 rating.

1 person found it helpfulJan 8th, 2018
JeremyC

Some fun complexity here but not loving the 14.7alc. Rous,Vio,Gren,Chrd. Made WS top 100 at 29 which I may not agree with but I appreciate the wine. Another I'd like to revisit down the road. KL

Some fun complexity here but not loving the 14.7alc. Rous,Vio,Gren,Chrd. Made WS top 100 at 29 which I may not agree with but I appreciate the wine. Another I'd like to revisit down the road. KL

1 person found it helpfulJul 13th, 2016