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Date Printed: 12/18/2014
TAZ Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2005
TAZ Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2005
(search item no. 91566)

PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The TAZ Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir is a 'best-of-both-worlds' wine. It takes two distinct expressions of Santa Barbara County and blends them into a balanced wine with plenty of nuance.

The first component of the blend comes from our North Canyon Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley. This vineyard lies at the northern edge of Santa Barbara, butting up to the San Luis Obispo County line. The Pinot Noir from North Canyon is soft and silky with delicate floral notes and red fruit character. The lots from North Canyon Vineyard are complemented by grapes from our Fiddlestix Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, located at the southern end of Santa Barbara County.

Fiddlestix Pinot Noir is big and lush; it lends structure and core of dark berry fruit to the blend. I love the juxtaposition of the two regions in this wine.

The 2005 growing season yielded exceptional fruit. I believe that great wines are created in the vineyard. We typically farm less than two tons per acre, and this year was no different. About a quarter of this blend was aged in new French oak, while the rest of the lots went into neutral barrels. I like to let the fruit shine, using just a hint of new oak to spice things up. To me, this wine showcases the true varietal character of Pinot Noir."
- Natasha Boffman, Winemaker

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About TAZ:

TAZ Vineyards, like many artisan producers in Santa Barbara County, is located in a winemaker's cooperative warehouse in Santa Maria. Vision and fervent passion earned Bob "Taz" Steinhauer the Tasmanian devil nickname. From the vineyards to the scale houses, this nickname stuck as he feverishly led the development of some of California's most notable vineyards. While his legendary career spanned four decades of grape growing in the Napa Valley, it was the rustic spirit of Santa Barbara that stole his heart. Perfect soils and climate led him to this spectacular region to plant vineyards.

"Taz" Steinhauer is considered a pioneer whose unswerving dedication to unlocking the secrets of the Central Coast over the past several years has contributed directly to the rising acclaim for wines from the region. He shared his passion and his insights broadly with local growers, always pushing for higher levels of quality and an approach that allowed each vineyard to evolve to its fullest viticultural expression.