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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Latest arrivals from Santa Barbara County

2018 Crown Point, Relevant Cabernet Sauvignon, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara 6x75cl

JD94-96RP95
Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot Vintage production: n/a Santa Barbara County is the new frontier for West Coast Cabernet Sauvignon, with the cooling influence of... the Pacific Ocean brining a level of elegance and refinement that make the wines stand out. By far, the leading winery is Crown Point Vineyards in Happy Canyon at the most easterly part of the region. Here, another young and uber-talented talented French winemaker, Simon Faury, has made his home under the Californian sunshine, and is taking this remarkable Estate into the big leagues of Cabernet producers. Crown Point's calling card wine is their sublime Relevant Cabernet Sauvignon. It paints the complete picture of the Estate with around 80% Cabernet Sauvignon complimented by 10% Merlot, and a splash each of Petit Verdot and Malbec. The classic 'Bordeaux blend'.
£450 / Case£75 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £563.83 / Case, £93.97 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2020 Dragonette, Duvarita Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County 1x75cl

RP95VM95
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir Vintage Production: 190 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.
£59 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £74.00 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2020 Dragonette, Duvarita Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County 12x75cl

RP95VM95
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir Vintage Production: 190 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.
£685 / Case£57.08 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £860.45 / Case, £71.70 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2011 Sine Qua Non, Patine Syrah, Sta. Rita Hills 1x75cl

RP98
Blend: 93% Syrah (fermented with 22% whole clusters), 4% Petite Sirah, 1.6% Roussanne, and 1.4% Viognier.
£450 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £543.97 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2019 Andremily, EABA, Santa Barbara County 12x75cl

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Blend: 61% Syrah, 24% Mourvèdre, 13% Grenache Vintage production: 795 cases The EABA (or “End All and Be All”) is Jim’s all-in Rhône Blend comprised of the very best barrels in the cellar,... from his vineyards in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. The first vintage was in 2017, and it’s consistently hit the big numbers with the critics.
£1,380 / Case£115 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £1,703.09 / Case, £141.92 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2004 Sine Qua Non, Ode To E Grenache, Sta. Rita Hills 1x75cl

RP100
Blend: 88% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 2% Viognier Vintage production: n/a Part of the famous EBA (Extended Barrel Aged) programme, the Ode to E Grenache comes entirely from the Eleven Confessions Estate Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills AVA.
£815 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £981.97 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days