Ryan Deovlet is a winemaker to watch. His Santa Barbara County Chardonnay is burgundian in style, opulent yet pretty. It is soft, round and rich, the Chardonnay grapes in this wine come from Soloman Hills, Zotovich & Sanford and Benedict Vineyards. Nose of lemon meringue pie, stone fruit and pear with a hint of spice, and sublte notes of buttered popcorn. Only four barrels (95 cases ) with 15% new French oak were made! Pairs with creamy risotto or roasted chicken dishes. $39.99
"I continue to be deeply impressed by Ryan Deovlet. His wines, which emerge from some of the top sites in Santa Barbara, are impeccable, pure and wonderfully transparent to site. The 2010s are a bit broader in style, while the 2011s are more energetic and vibrant. It's pretty hard to go wrong with any of these current and upcoming releases. "
- Antonio Galloni, August 2013
Justin Willet Tyler crafts small production Burgundian varietals in southern California's Santa Barbara County appellation. He utilizes some of the very best vineyards throughout the area and focuses on creating wines that are both delicate and balanced. A close collaboration between the wine-maker and the growers results in wines of the highest quality. His wines will allow you to experience a "sense of place" and help you understand the terroir responsible for the wine in your glass.
"A blend of both young and old vines from the best three blocks in my estimation: G, N, & Q. (I'm not sure when we'll stop calling the 'young vines' young, they are now 15 years old...). This combination of age adds layers of complexity to the finished cuvee: the old vines give depth and sophistication; the young vines add freshness, richness, and youthful exuberance. Dusty Tannin, Violets, Spice, Dark Cherry, Cola." $55.00
Known for prize winning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County offers warm days and cool nights to produce a long and gentle growing season. This light-bodied Pinot Noir, from vintners Lucas and Lewellen Vineyards, offers a delicate nose of strawberry jam with cola accents. On the palate, you'll distinguish strawberry fruit flavors along with strong acidity, which makes this a great companion to light and medium dishes. $13.99