With only 4 barrels to start in 2009, all from the same vineyard, the original idea was to make one wine. The wine itself had a different plan and we gladly listened.
Two of the four barrels made up White Hill. With a more mineral driven profile, those barrels reminded us of drinking 1er Cru Chablis and were given their name in honor of the chalky white hills of Chablis and diatomaceous earth of Sta. Rita Hills.
The other two barrels had a profile of warmer tones and were texturally more voluptuous, reminding us of Meursault and the other sexy wines from the Cote d' Or (Slope of Gold) we are admittingly addicted to. Hence, the first two bottlings were born: White Hill and Golden Slope. In 2011 we had the opportunity to make a little Bandol-inspired Rosé and since we drink white and Rosé like water all year-round, it seemed like a pretty good idea. 2013 harvest brought the opportunity to branch out with a small amount of Chardonnay from the neighboring, sister AVA of Santa Maria.
Our mantra is simple: quality over quantity. As a Chardonnay-focused project, hopelessly devoted to a teeny tiny AVA, our production is limited...
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We look to the regions of Bandol and Provence for the inspiration behind this Rosé. It is a combination of 95% Mourvédre and 5% Grenache sourced from the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA. The grapes are pressed as soon as they arrive to the winery and are barrel-fermented in neutral oak. Bottled after only 5 months of aging, expect this wine to be crisp, clean, and refreshing. Bright acid, combined with a lower alcohol, makes this the perfect "any occassion" wine and a mainstay in refrigerators across the country!!
The leaner and more Chablisiane reminiscent of our two main Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay bottlings, White Hill highlights the unique salinity that comes through in the ancient soils of Sta. Rita Hills. This vintage - HOLY ACID BATMAN! The 2015 has by far the most acidity (as does the '15 La Hermana) of both wines to date. It is going to be a rock star but, will benefit from some time in bottle so please try and be patient with this one!
NOTES: Floral and fragrant, fresh tangerine, beeswax, jasmine. Up front minerality follow by a slightly creamier mid-palate with hints of baked lemon curd.
Introducing the 2014 Golden Slope.
We could not be more stoked on the 2014 vintage of this wine. Dare we say, maybe the best vintage its ever seen? A bit more tension than even in the past, we hope you dig it as much as we are. Click the bottle for more info and tasting notes! CIN!
Our 3rd vintage of this bottling. She is the first "sister" to our SRH Chardonnays.
100% neutral barrel fermentation and aging.
PROFILE: fresh linen, zesty minerality, marzipan, refreshing herbs & flowers, taut, polished
Made entirely from old-vine chardonnay from the legendary Bien Nacido vineyard. This continues to be our only single-vineyard offering. 2015 was our 3rd year producing this wine and both the 2013 & 2014 set the bar pretty high. We're happy to report the 2015 is just as stunning and built both for near term pleasure as well as a trusty cellar gem. A very limited production again, less than 200 cases were made.
What makes FOUR, FOUR?
In 2011 we found FOUR barrels that just had something more ethereal to them...More musky, earthiness and this sort of perfect balance of power and finesse. Those FOUR barrels were held back from Golden Slope to be bottled on their own creating the FOURth wine we had made to date (The first two being White Hill and Golden Slope, the third being Rosé). We started out with FOUR barrels at our humble start in 2009 and with one of our favorite numbers being FOUR and another's childhood soccer number being FOUR - the wine sort of named herself. Its a sexy expression of Chardonnay that drinks incredibly near term over the course of a few days and that ages beautifully if you're able to resist opening. Extremely limited quantities of this wine are available.
Our BRAND NEW Pinot Noir. Utilizing fruit from both the Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley, this is a very friendly and expressive Pinot Noir.
A structured bottling comprised of Radian Vineyard (which those that had our innaugual vintage of Pinot will recall from last year's 2014 release) + this year we're also very proud to have worked with Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. Both Pinot's will reward from patience but, if you can't wait, decant/enjoy over the course of a few days.
Click here for more info and James' early tasting notes. CHEERS!