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Santa Maria Valley Wine Central Coast, California

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A lesser-known but elite AVA within the larger Santa Barbara district, the Santa Maria Valley AVA runs precisely west to east starting near the coast. The valley funnels cool, Pacific Ocean air to the vineyards more inland, allowing grapes a longer hang time to ripen evenly and achieve their full potential by harvest time. Combined with minimal rainfall, consistent warm sunshine, and well-drained soils, it is an ideal environment for grape growing.

Many of the wineries here are small and highly respected, having established a reputation in the 1970s and 80s for producing excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. More recently, Syrah has also proven quite successful in the region. Many vineyards are owned by growers who sell their grapes to other wineries, so it is common to see the same vineyard name on bottlings from different wineries. Bien Nacido Vineyard is perhaps the best-known and most prestigious.

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  • Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Foxen Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Foxen Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Camelot Highlands Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Camelot Highlands Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Paul Lato Le Souvenir Sierra Madre Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Paul Lato Le Souvenir Sierra Madre Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Paul Lato Suerte Solomon Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Paul Lato Suerte Solomon Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Tyler Winery Bien Nacido W Block Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Tyler Winery Bien Nacido W Block Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Cambria Tepusquet Vineyards Viognier 2018  Front Label
    Cambria Tepusquet Vineyards Viognier 2018
    Viognier from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Cambria Julia's Vineyard Rose of Pinot Noir 2018 Front Label
    Cambria Julia's Vineyard Rose of Pinot Noir 2018
    Rosé from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Ojai Bien Nacido Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Ojai Bien Nacido Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
    Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • J Wilkes Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    J Wilkes Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Cambria Tepusquet Vineyard Syrah 2015  Front Label
    Cambria Tepusquet Vineyard Syrah 2015
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
    • JD91
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  • Brady Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Brady Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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    • Au Bon Climat Pinot Blanc/Pinot Gris 2018  Front Label
      Au Bon Climat Pinot Blanc/Pinot Gris 2018
      Other White Blends from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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      • Rabble Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Rabble Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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        • Paul Lato Ora et Labora Bien Nacido Vineyard Grenache 2017  Front Label
          Paul Lato Ora et Labora Bien Nacido Vineyard Grenache 2017
          Grenache from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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        • Chanin Sanford and Benedict Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
          Chanin Sanford and Benedict Pinot Noir 2016
          Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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        • Byron Nielson Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
          Byron Nielson Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
          Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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        • Boen Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
          Boen Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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