Babcock Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2001
This wine is distinguished by its grapes. There was nothing tricky about the winemaking techniques. Basically, the grapes were handled so as to gently coax the extraction of soft, pure Pinot flavors. Moderate barrel aging is nicely layered in a toasty dimension without overwhelming the fruit. With all three of the contributing vineyards within a one mile radius of Babcock, the resulting wine offers a level of richness and breeding that is seldom found in this price range.
The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.
Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.
While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.