From the windswept Pacific coastline where ‘refrigerated sunshine’ slowly ripens Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, to the rugged beauty of the rain shadow cast by the Sierra Madre Mountains over sites planted to Bordeaux and Rhone varieties, Santa Barbara County is perhaps the best expression of California’s diverse and exciting modern wine scene. Two parallel, transverse mountain ranges are the most important influence: the San Rafael Range, and Santa Ynez Mountains on the county’s southern border, which funnel hyper-cooled air inland from the Pacific Ocean. The southerly Santa Ynez Valley AVA dominated the region, stretching from Sta. Rita Hills in the west (a nirvana for Pinot and Chardonnay), passing through the ‘Goldilocks Rhône Zone’ of Ballard and Larner Canyons, to the highlands of Happy Canyon which is emerging as a serious player for Cabernet Sauvignon. With low production, extremely high quality, and very attractive pricing, Santa Barbara County is a force to be reckoned with.

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2021 Dragonette, Radian Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills 12x75cl

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Blend: 100% Pinot Noir Vintage production: 500 cases Radian vineyard is located at the far western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills on dramatically steep slopes with large amounts of diatomaceous earth.... Radian is extreme, regularly blanketed by fog and buffeted by high winds. The vines here struggle to set fruit, and the resulting yields are extremely low, but the grapes highly concentrated. The resulting wines are energetic and intense, with a fascinating mineral streak and a remarkable depth of flavour.
£720 / Case£60 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £902.45 / Case, £75.20 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2021 Dragonette, Duvarita Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County 12x75cl

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lend: 100% Pinot Noir Vintage Production: 75 cases One of the producers at the forefront of Sta. Rita's Hills' success is Dragonette Cellars. Winemaker Brandon Sparks-Gills, and brothers Steve and... John Dragonette, select the region's elite vineyards to make Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of utter refinement and distinction. The Duvarita Vineyard is in the far west of the region, sitting literally metres outside of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA boundary, and it is one of the most sought after vineyards. The steep slopes sit on a combination of ancient sand dunes and sandstone, producing wines of characteristic depth and intensity.
£720 / Case£60 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £902.45 / Case, £75.20 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2021 Dragonette, Duvarita Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County 1x75cl

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lend: 100% Pinot Noir Vintage Production: 75 cases One of the producers at the forefront of Sta. Rita's Hills' success is Dragonette Cellars. Winemaker Brandon Sparks-Gills, and brothers Steve and... John Dragonette, select the region's elite vineyards to make Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of utter refinement and distinction. The Duvarita Vineyard is in the far west of the region, sitting literally metres outside of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA boundary, and it is one of the most sought after vineyards. The steep slopes sit on a combination of ancient sand dunes and sandstone, producing wines of characteristic depth and intensity.
£60 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £75.20 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2021 Dragonette, Black Label Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills 12x75cl

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Blend: 100% Chardonnay Vintage production: 150 cases This small production, reserve level wine is a blend of the team's favourite barrels, each selected for its outstanding depth, concentration,... complexity, and engaging personality. THE VINEYARDS Bentrock: Dramatic, north facing block overlooking the Santa Ynez River to the south and Radian to the West. Rocky, windy site gives wines of intense power and length, interjected with complex mineral notes and structure. Rita’s Crown: Steep, South-Southwest facing blocks regularly visited by high winds and fog. Low vigor soils of sandy and clay loams with diatomaceous earth produce grapes with tropical fruits, chalky minerals, and great natural acidity. Radian: Dramatic, west facing block high above the valley floor stares directly at the mighty, cold, windy Pacific. Very low yields and thick skins combine to make powerful wines, with intense minerals and high acidity. The individual blocks were picked in separate passes with field sorting. Within hours, the grapes were gently pressed, the juice settled, then put down to barrels for primary fermentation, which took place with native yeasts. The wine sees native malolactic fermentation in barrel and aging on the lees (without stirring) in French oak (67% new) for 18 months, before blending and bottling.
£945 / Case£78.75 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £1,172.45 / Case, £97.70 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2020 Jaffurs, Thompson Vineyard Syrah, Santa Barbara County 1x75cl

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Blend: 100% Syrah Vintage production: 193 cases The first Jaffurs Syrah was made from Thompson Vineyard, located in the Alisos Canyon AVA, near the regional foodie capital of Los Alamos, in 1994,... and they're working in the same block to this day. Jaffurs Wine Cellars is dedicated to producing great Rhône varietal wines with a New World independence. Founder Craig Jaffurs produced his first professional wines during the 1994 harvest. Current owners Dan and Janelle Green purchased Jaffurs in 2016, and continue the tradition of family wine-making started by the Jaffurs family over two decades ago, with Craig remaining on their Advisory Board. All the wines are carefully made in small lots, with approximately 5,000 cases are produced each year. Craig and his team work closely with top growers in the Santa Ynez, Ballard Canyon, Sta. Rita Hills, Los Alamos, and Santa Maria regions.
£46 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £58.40 / BottleAvailability: Future ArrivalPlease contact us to know more

2019 Jaffurs, Upslope Syrah, Santa Barbara County 1x75cl

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Blend: 98% Syrah, 2% Viognier Vintage production: 123 cases The Upslope Syrah represents the crème de la crème at Jaffurs - a cellar selection of the very best single-vineyard 'reserve' barrels.... The prized Bien Nacido and Larner Vineyards make up the blend: sources for some legendary Sine Qua Non wines, as well as contemporary benchmark producers like Fingers Crossed and Andremily Wines. Jaffurs Wine Cellars is dedicated to producing great Rhône varietal wines with a New World independence. Founder Craig Jaffurs produced his first professional wines during the 1994 harvest. Current owners Dan and Janelle Green purchased Jaffurs in 2016, and continue the tradition of family wine-making started by the Jaffurs family over two decades ago, with Craig remaining on their Advisory Board. All the wines are carefully made in small lots, with approximately 5,000 cases are produced each year. Craig and his team work closely with top growers in the Santa Ynez, Ballard Canyon, Sta. Rita Hills, Los Alamos, and Santa Maria regions.
£72 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £90.14 / BottleAvailability: Future ArrivalPlease contact us to know more