Santa Barbara Winery Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2016
This wine has exhibiting flavors and aromas of black cherry, strawberry, violets and black tea. This is the perfect red for light lunches on the patio, lazy afternoons picnicking in the shade or an evening of hors d’oeuvres and aperitiffs at the bistro.
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From portions of the Burning Creek and Lafond Vineyards, this fruit-forward wine is a solid deal, starting with strong aromas of black cherry, licorice and nutmeg. It's a full-flavored Pinot Noir that currently shows a rather tense structure, carrying flavors of black raspberry, boysenberry and black pepper.
In 1962, Pierre Lafond re-established Santa Barbara County's winemaking tradition by founding Santa Barbara Winery. The winery was the first since prohibition and is part of an association that has grown to 40 wineries located in Santa Barbara County. In the early years, Pierre made wine from purchased fruit, but soon realized the potential for premium wine made from Santa Barbara County grapes. In 1971, he purchased land in the western Santa Ynez Valley and began planting what is now a 95 acre vineyard. Today, annual production is around 32,000 cases.
Bruce McGuire was working as a winemaker in the Sacramento Delta in 1981 when Pierre Lafond invited him to take over the winemaking operation at Santa Barbara Winery. Since then, the winery has produced world class red and white wines. Bruce's winemaking philosophy begins in the vineyard. He believes the quality and integrity of the wine is inextricably linked to what happens in the field — from the pruning in the winter, to the harvest in the autumn.