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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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  • Crespi Ranch Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Crespi Ranch Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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    • LUTUM Bien Nacido Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
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      • Niner Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
        Niner Pinot Noir 2012
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        • Presqu'ile Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
          Presqu'ile Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2012
          Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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        • Ryan Cochrane Solomon Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
          Ryan Cochrane Solomon Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
          Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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        • Native9 Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
          Native9 Pinot Noir 2012
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          • Three Saints Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
            Three Saints Pinot Noir 2012
            Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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            • Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
              Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
              Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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            • Ojai Bien Nacido Syrah 2012 Front Label
              Ojai Bien Nacido Syrah 2012
              Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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            • Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
              Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
              Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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              • Amor Fati Syrah 2012 Front Label
                Amor Fati Syrah 2012
                Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                • Amor Fati Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                  Amor Fati Pinot Noir 2012
                  Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                  • Fess Parker Bien Nacido Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                    Fess Parker Bien Nacido Pinot Noir 2012
                    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                  • Pali Wine Co Huntington Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                    Pali Wine Co Huntington Pinot Noir 2012
                    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                  • Brady Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                    Brady Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                    • Byron Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                      Byron Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2012
                      Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                    • Timbre The Headliner Presqu'ile Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                      Timbre The Headliner Presqu'ile Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
                      Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                      • Timbre Lead Vocals Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                        Timbre Lead Vocals Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
                        Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                        • Stasis Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                          Stasis Pinot Noir 2012
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                          • Cambria Tepusquet Vineyard Syrah 2012 Front Label
                            Cambria Tepusquet Vineyard Syrah 2012
                            Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                            • Au Bon Climat La Bauge Au Dessus Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                              Au Bon Climat La Bauge Au Dessus Pinot Noir 2012
                              Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                              • Sanctuary Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                                Sanctuary Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
                                Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                              • Au Bon Climat Knox Alexander Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                                Au Bon Climat Knox Alexander Pinot Noir 2012
                                Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                              • Foxen Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                                Foxen Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2012
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                                • Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                                  Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
                                  Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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