Category Archives: Santa Ynez Valley

PICK of the RACK: Stolpman Vineyards | Syrah | Estate | Ballard Canyon AVA | Santa Barbara County | California | 2012 | $30

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90 POINTS | “HIGHLY RECOMMENDED”  Thomas Stolpman founded Stolpman Vineyards in Ballard Canyon in 1990, but not until years later — in 2013 — was Ballard Canyon designated as an American Viticultural Area (AVA). Ballard Canyon is nestled within the … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Sea Smoke Cellars | “Ten” | Pinot Noir | Sta. Rita Hills AVA | Santa Barbara County | California | 2011 | $82 | 93 pts

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Aromas: ripe boysenberry; orange peel; hints of lavender Character: dry; medium-bodied; fruit-driven; elegant and energetic; moderate tannins; vivid acids; vanilla-tinged oak Flavors: red- and blackberry compote; savory herbs; clove; hints of rhubarb & mineral Food Pairing:  ripe, creamy & medium sharp cheeses; salmon with Champagne sauce; lamb chops … Continue reading

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