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, 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

JD94+RP95VM96
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.
£62 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £77.60 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2019 Dragonette, Duvarita Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County 1x75cl

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Blend: 100% Chardonnay Vintage Production: 200 cases 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. Dragonette's Chardonnay comes from the highest blocks, more influenced by the cooling Pacific fog and full of stone fruit and a crisp minerality, and we love the extra dimension on the palate that comes from lees contact. For some summer-dining inspiration, the regional seafood specialties are the famous local halibut and sea bass, either (or both!) of which are perfect with a glass of Duvarita Chardonnay.
£53 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £66.80 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2019 Dragonette, Duvarita Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County 12x75cl

RP95+VM95
Blend: 100% Chardonnay Vintage Production: 200 cases 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. Dragonette's Chardonnay comes from the highest blocks, more influenced by the cooling Pacific fog and full of stone fruit and a crisp minerality, and we love the extra dimension on the palate that comes from lees contact. For some summer-dining inspiration, the regional seafood specialties are the famous local halibut and sea bass, either (or both!) of which are perfect with a glass of Duvarita Chardonnay.
£615 / Case£51.25 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £776.45 / Case, £64.70 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2020 Dragonette, Rita’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills 1x75cl

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Blend: 100% Chardonnay Vintage Production: 235 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. Rita’s Crown vineyard is located at one of the highest points in the Sta. Rita Hills, adjacent to such famous sites as Mt Carmel and Sea Smoke. The soils are a mix of sandy and clay loams with a good amount of diatomaceous earth. Dragonette's Chardonnay comes from two parcels: block 16, (clone 76) lies at 800-950 feet on a steep, west-southwest facing hillside above the monastery, and block 12 (clone 95), a steep south facing hillside just below and to the west. These higher elevation blocks are exposed to fog and clouds most mornings and high winds most afternoons, cooling the vineyard. The climate and the low vigour soils produce a small canopy, small yields and a long, slow growing season. The wines here typically show beautiful, ripe tropical fruit flavours, balanced by remarkable acidity and strong notes of chalky minerals.
£59 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £74.00 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2020 Peake Ranch, Sierra Madre Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley 1x75cl

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Blend: 100% Chardonnay Vintage production: 297 cases Winemaker Wynne Solomon has beautifully captured the brilliant 2020 vintage with her distinctive, terroir driven wines. The Estate's Sierra... Madre Vineyard in about 20 miles north in the Santa Maria Valley, nestled below the Los Padres National Forest. Wynne hand-selects fruit from the best south-facing block where sandy soils turbo charge the aromatics, and cooler seasonal temperatures give drive and tension. 38% new French oak gives this Chardonnay superb texture and balance.
£52 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £65.60 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days