Wine Club Newsletter


End of 2018 Newsletter

As usual, we are excited about our wine selections, and have chosen some beauties for you.  All of these wines have been hand crafted with passion and care, and are extremely small productions.  We suggest re-ordering sooner than later, as we expect them to sell out quickly. Cheers!

2017 Esfuerzo Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker / Owner:  Fidencio Flores

Wine:  Sauvignon Blanc 

50% Volgelzang Vineyard and 50% Old Santa Ynez Vineyard

Case Production:  50

Price:  $30/Bottle

Fidencio literally grew up in a vineyard. He has lived there all 27 years of his life. Since the time he could walk, he was in the vines with his grandfather (who planted the vineyard), learning everything he could about farming. You could find him in the cellar with his father, soaking up everything about crafting great wines. While it may seem obvious that Fidencio would choose to become a winemaker, he chose this path based on his love of farming, hard work (Esfuerzo means hard work / effort in Spanish), family and his deep passion for creating beautiful wines. He considers himself a new age vintner with an old world understanding of growing and crafting wines. We expect this kid to become a star in the wine industry, so keep an eye out for this label! 

This bright Sauvignon Blanc is a pale straw color with aromas of citrus, grapefruit, lemongrass, and celery. This wine, aged for 8 months, 50% in stainless steel and 50% in neutral French oak barrels, lends to great acidity, with a round, soft mouthfeel. Flavors of lime zest, green apple, pear and white peaches tantalize the palate.  

Obviously, this wine is great on its own, especially on a warm day outdoors, but it’s fantastic with food too! This wine will be great with many cheeses, but specifically goat cheese and brie, halibut with lemon and thyme, a cucumber yogurt salad with dill, and grilled chicken.

Aging:  Drink now through 2023

2016 Story of Soil Pinot Noir

Winemaker / Owner:  Jessica Gasca

Wine: 100% Pinot Noir  

John Sebastiano Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills AVA

Case Production: 150

Price: $60/Bottle

Jessica Gasca worked her first harvest as an intern in 2009. She knew within an hour that this was all she wanted to do with her life. For the next several years, she apprenticed in two different wineries, with some very well respected winemakers, gathering knowledge and honing her skills. In 2012, she finally had saved enough money to purchase fruit and make her first vintage.  Since then, she has continued to grow and is very dedicated to trying to have us taste a time and place in every bottle. Jessica is very dedicated to farming and seeks fruit from only the best vineyards. As of 2018, Jessica is focusing on Story of Soil full time and has recently opened a tasting room of her own.

This beautiful Pinot Noir reigns from one of our favorite vineyards in all of Santa Rita Hills AVA. This, for us, is the epitome of what Pinot Noir from this region should taste like! This vineyard is on the eastern most edge of the AVA, and the vines experience warmer temperatures there, which results in riper, deeper red fruits.

Aromas of earth and fruit waft from the glass. Plums, cherries, herbs and forest floor are also present. On the palate, an abundance of red fruits are notable.  Tart cherries, strawberries, and cranberries, followed by fantastic baking spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and allspice. The wine was aged for 18 months in neutral French oak. This wine is drinking gorgeously right now, but it is in its infancy. This wine will just continue to improve, probably peaking in two years.  This wine will drink beautifully for another 10-12 years.  

Delicious just for sipping, this wine will pair well with mild blue cheese, grilled salmon, all pasta dishes, game birds, lamb, and of course Coq au Vin.    

Aging:  Drink now (or try to wait!!) through 2030

2014 Kita Spe'y

Winemaker:  Tara Gomez   

Owner: The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

Wine:  55% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 20% Carignane 

Camp 4 Vineyard, Happy Canyon AVA

Case Production:  500

Price:  $42/Bottle

In 2010, the Tribe purchased Camp 4 Vineyard, and Tara's dreams were set in motion. Tara, growing up in our valley, has always had a fascination for wine making, from the first time she stepped into a winery as a child. Tara went to California State University Fresno, where she earned a degree in Enology in 1998.  For several years after earning her degree, she put her knowledge to work at Fess Parker and J. Lohr, all the while, dreaming of having her own label. Once the Tribe purchased Camp 4, she spearheaded the idea of the Tribe having their own label, with her as head winemaker. Tara is making wines based in the belief of balance between soil, climate and location. Tara makes the farming decisions for the rows she harvests from, and is often doing the work herself. Tara only works with Camp 4 Vineyard, wanting to give back to her tribe, by highlighting the vineyard through the wines she creates. 

This Rhone blend is a deep colored wine with aromatics of plums, blueberries, violets and hints of coffee and truffles. The wine is medium bodied and well balanced. A good blend of fruit (sweet blueberries, cranberries and pomegranates) and flowers, with a nice spicy component. Bright acidity and soft round tannins make this wine enjoyable now, but worthy of aging. This wine is versatile and does not demand food, but food is good! Some thoughts on pairing for this wine would be roasted brussel sprouts with pancetta, balsamic glazed duck, beet and burrata salad, or roast pork. And PIZZA! Definitely pizza! The wine was aged for 18 months, 80% in neutral French oak and 20% new French oak.  

Aging:  Drink now through 2028


Doll Pond

Winemaker/owner:  Mikael Sigouin/Ryan Fetgatter-Christy Davidge

Wine: Scheurebe (Shoy-ray-beh)

Giff's Vineyard, Los Olivos District AVA

Case Production: 100

Price: $28/Bottle

Scheurebe...ever heard of it?  Not many have!  This lesser known varietal is actually a cross between a Riesling vine and an unknown wild vine.  Crazy, right?!  Even crazier, Giff's Vineyard may be the only vineyard in all of California producing this varietal.  

Traditionally, (in Germany and Austria) this wine is made as a sweet wine. This particular wine,  barrel fermented and barrel aged in neutral French oak for ten months, is not at all sweet.  What it is, is incredibly interesting

This wine has elegant acid and low alcohol content, making it pleasant on its own, but it is indeed enhanced with food.  Interesting aromas of spices, black currant and honey, this wine, on the palate gives way to citrus (grapefruit, lime and oranges), with hints of apricots and more spices.  This wine is bright and full bodied and has a nice, kicky finish.  The Doll Pond is perfect with Asian food, cheese plates, white fish, or more traditionally, Schnitzel and potato salad.  

Aging: Drink now through 2020 

Mallea Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker/owner:  Eric Mallea

Wine: 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon,

Santa Ynez AVA

Case Production: 50

Price: $45/Bottle

Erik Mallea  has been hand-crafting wines since 2008, with the first commercial releases in 2015. Pursuing a more traditional winemaking model with a focus on sustainable winegrowing, Mallea Wines lease and farm the vineyards that they produce wine from. All small vineyard parcels, the majority of work is done by hand with love. Erik's family, originally from the Basque region in Spain, has a long legacy of farming and Erik's passion for nurturing the land shines through in his wines.

This wine, aged for 19 months in all neutral French oak barrels, is drinking amazing already, despite its youth.  The bouquet exhibits ripe jammy berries, leaf tobacco and chocolate.  Tons of flavors in this wine, caramel, sweet herbs, olives and black cherries to name a few.  A full bodied wine with an intense and welcomed finish, this wine just gets better and better every time we taste it.  Enjoy this with braised short ribs, grilled chorizo, burgers with blue cheese and grilled onions, or Moussaka.

Aging: Drink now through 2024

3 Jokers Syrah

Winemakers/owner: Eric Wilson/Mike Padrick

Wine: 2013 Syrah, Alondra de las Pradas

Santa Ynez Valley AVA

Case Production: 121

Price: $40/Bottle 

This wine tells a story.  A story about Santa Ynez Valley Syrah....grown on gentle slopes where sun radiates year round.  This wine epitomizes the varietal, in our opinion.  A garnet red beauty, rich aromas of cocoa, blackberry and white pepper waft from the glass.  Flavors abound of ripe black fruits, anise, sweet tobacco (cloves from high school??) and mint.  Medium bodied and soft tannins lend to an easy drinking wine, yet it's structured enough to hold up to hearty meals.  This wine was aged for 20 months in French oak barrels (80% neutral and 20% new).  We love this wine with cured meats, BBQ pulled pork, and lamb ragout with olives.

Drink now through 2023