Kinton is dedicated to producing Syrah from some of the finest vineyard sites in Santa
Barbara County. Their wines are dense and concentrated, elegant and sleek. It's not by accident
that Kinton is located in Santa Barbara County —one of California's most celebrated appellations for
Syrah. The unique conditions of this region allow Kinton to create Syrahs displaying both intensity and balance.
The 2005 is racy with plum and dark berry, brightened by high notes of cherry, spiced with black
pepper, and scented in the essence of smoky dark chocolate.
Peter Fraser oversees all of the viticulture and
winemaking at Kinton Vineyards. At the ripe
young age of 30, he has worked extensive
hours making wine in Australia, Spain and
France. Since 2003 he has traveled to the
United States during harvest to work as
consulting winemaker in Santa Barbara,
California. This experience helped him to
identify the vineyards and techniques that
would form the foundation of Kinton.
When it comes to winemaking philosophy, Peter
believes it is less about technique and more
about preserving the essential taste of the
vineyard. While he employs traditional winemaking
methods such as open-top fermentation, hand
punch-down, and wild yeast fermentations, Peter
knows that intelligent viticulture is the key.
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The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Grape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
This wine is big and bold with an awesome rich color. There is fruit and spice on the nose and taste. It finishes nice and can easily pair with food or alone. We had it with a semi-spicy chicken chili and it was great.
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.