Most of this 100% Pinot Noir comes from the Burning Creek vineyard, the remainder from Lafond Vineyard and Arita Hills Vineyard. These two vineyards are located in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, known internationally for exceptional Pinot Noir. The Santa Rita Hills valley runs east-west leading to the Pacific Ocean. In early afternoon, cool breezes blow up the valley followed by evening fog which lingers until mid-morning. This creates the southernmost Region 1 climate zone in the northern hemisphere, which has one of the longest growing seasons in the world, conditions that are ideal for producing quality, fruit-driven elegant Pinot Noir.
Exhibiting flavours and aromas of black cherry, strawberry, violets and black tea with fresh acidity and body, this wine is the perfect red for light lunches on the patio, lazy afternoons picnicking in the shade or an evening of hors d’oeuvres and aperitifs. Pairs well with light meat such as roasted duck or chicken but also fish dishes.
Winemaker Bruce McGuire comments: “Burning Creek is the new vineyard producing its second full crop. The wine is fruit forward and very accessible, enjoyable now!”
In Santa Barbara, winemaking has been a part of the story for more than 230 years, dating back to Father Junipero Serra and his need for communion wine. Founded in 1962 by Pierre Lafond, the Santa Barbara Winery is the oldest winery in the county and has influenced the development of the Santa Ynez Valley as a world–class growing region. There are currently five federally-sanctioned American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) within Santa Barbara County: Ballard Canyon, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, Santa Maria Valley, Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Ynez Valley, and they are now seen among the top producers in the world.
Santa Barbara Winery’s grapes comes from the owners, Pierre Lafond’s Vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills and from neighbouring vineyards. The winery produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah varieties that have excelled in the micro climate of the western end of the valley which is strongly influenced by the cool breezes from the Pacific, the foggy mornings and the warm days. One of these, Pinot Noir, a cool climate variety, was the principal beneficiary of the movie Sideways (2004), a movie that put Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara on the map. SBW produce many other varieties and besides the award winning Pinot Noir, their trademark Chardonnay is considered by many people to be Santa Barbara’s best.
Santa Barbara Winery was awarded by New York International Wine Competition: ‘Central Coast Winery of the year 2015’ and ‘Chardonnay Central Coast Producer of the Year 2015’.
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