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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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  • Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Fess Parker Bien Nacido Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Fess Parker Bien Nacido Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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