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Weekend at the Santa Barbara Vineyards

Spring growth in the vineyards!

This past weekend was the Annual 2010 Santa Barbara Vitners Festival in the Santa Rita Hills area outside of Lompoc Ca.  A great event put on each year by  the local wineries and restaurants to showcase the 130 wineries in the area and bring food and merchandise to accompany a delightful afternoon in the park.  

 This year seemed to show very exceptional wines and after tasting them on Friday, Saturday and Sunday it made for an extended venture to quite a few of the wineries to taste and purchase wines.

Below are some of the wines and wineries that I found to be producing great wines and worth venturing to there wineries if in the area.  I do have to note that most all Syrah wines we tasted were excellent, Pinot Noir were hits and misses for me but the ones I liked and my taste will be noted below.  We also tried a few Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc’s that stood out too.

Andrew Murray
 – 08 Viognier ($12.50 sale)
        – Syrah, Esperance, Grenache ($30-50)  (Ok, i’m bias)

Gainey  – 07 Pinot Noir ($48)
  – 06 Syrah ($42)

Fess Parker
 – 08 Viognier ($24)
 – 06 Syrah. Am. Tradition ($50)
 – 06 – Pinot Noir – Ashleys ($50)

Foxen Canyon
 – 07 Pinot Noir, Bien NacidoVineyard Block 8 ($54)

Foley Estates
 – 06 Pinot Noir, Barrel Select ($50)

 – 08 Sav. Blanc ($12)
 – 05 Cab. Reserve ($50)
 – 07 Granche ($25)

  – 05 Pinot Noir, estate ($45)
  – 06 Pinot Noir ($35)
  – 06 Pinor Noir, fiddlestix ($45)

I am sure there are many more that didn’t make the list, but these were my favorites of the weekend.  If any of you have a chance to go to this event in the future I think they have finally got it down to where it all works and there is plenty of room for people to roam.



April 20, 2010 Posted by | California, Other Tasting Notes, Recomendations, Recomendations, Road Trip, Wineries | Leave a comment

April WSR Bordeaux Blanc & Sauterne at Hillier Sr.

April has arrived and so has another WSR event which was outstanding in both food and wine.  We ventured to the region of Bordeaux France and worked our way through the Grave region and Sauterne.  Since being a member of this group we have never done Sauterne and what a treat they were!  

The opening wines were paired with appetizers of blue and goat cheeses, olives and nuts.  The main course was cooked cold salmon with aoli and a tartar sauce, cold asparagus and salad of eggplant, zucchini and garlic.  We had a pear tart to accompany the last course.  All I can say is yummy!!

Below is the wine line-up and tasting notes will follow in comments:

Sparkling flight: (from the Loire)

A. Domaine du Viking, Vouvray, Brut, méthode traditionnelle, NV, Gauthier-Lhomme, 37380 Reugny.  (100% chenin) $17.99 (K&L)

B. De Chanceny, Crémant de Loire, Rosé Brut, méthode traditionnelle, NV,  Cave de Saumur, 49260 St-Cyr-en-Bourg. 
( likely rosé of cabernet franc)           $12.99 (K&L)

First flight: Graves and Bordeaux sec

1. Château St-Jean-des-Graves 2008, J. et E. David (Ch. Liot), 33720 Barsac     $13,99 (K&L)
2. Château L’Avocat 2006, Château du Seuil, 33720 Cérons, (40% sauvignon, 50% semillon, 10% sauvignon gris) $14.99 (K&L)

3. Château Toumillon 2007, Vignobles Sevenet, 33210 St-Pierre-de-Mons (60% semillon, 40% savignon)   $20.98 (Hi-T)

4. Château Tour de Mirambeau 2007, Despagne, SECA de la Rive Droit, 33420 Maujan et Postiac, Bordeaux sec  $16.99 (Wine X)

Second flight : Pessac-Léognan

5. Château Olivier 2005, Jean Jacques de Bthmann, 33850 Léognan (50% semillon, 50% sauvignon)   $24.99 (Wine X)

6. Planteurs des Haut-Brion 2006, Domaine Clarence Dillon, 33850 Léognan       $39.99 (WX)

7. Château Carbonnieux 2005, Famille Perrin, 33850 Léognan (65% savignon, 35% semillon by vignoble,  label says 70-30)            $49.99 (Schneider’s)

8. Château Smith-Haut-Lafite 2007, Daniel et Florence Cathiard, 33650 Martillac,
 (90% sauvignon, 5% sauvignon gris, 5% semillon)         $79.99 (K&L)

Third flight : Sauternes

9. Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 2005, Groupe Suez, 33210 Bommes (90% semillon, 8% sauvignon, 2% muscadelle)  $32.99 (K&L) 

10. Château de Malle 2003, Comtesse de Bournazel, 33210 Preignac (70% semillon, 27% sauvignon, 3% muscadelle) $49.99 (Schneider’s)

11. Château Rieussic 2005, Domaines Barons de Rothchild, 33210 Fargues-de-Langnon
 (92% semillon, 6% sauvignon, 1% muscadelle)         $59.00 (Schneider’s)

Fourth flight : Sauternes

12. Château Coutet 2003, Philippe et Dominique Baly, 33720 Barsac
 (75% semillon, 22% sauvignon, 3% muscadelle)         $59.99 (Schneider’s)

13. Château Suduiraut 2005, AXA Millésimes, 33210 Preignac (90% semillon, 10 sauvignon)    $69.99 demi (Schneider’s)

14. Château Guiraud 2005, O. Bernard, R. Peugeot, X. Planty, S. Von neipperg. 33210 Sauternes
 (65% semillon, 35% sauvignon)           $69.99 (Schneider’s)

April 7, 2010 Posted by | France, Group Tasting Notes, White Wines | Leave a comment