In February, we landed in the dead center of one of our favorite wine areas, Santa Barbara County. It’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite from this region. Some of the best Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Rhone and Italian varietals California has to offer can be found in Santa Barbara County. You can also find spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc from the Happy Canyon AVA. It is my favorite region in California that grows Italian varietals. The Sangiovese from there is amazing.
When we started compiling this February list, we knew it was going to be very difficult to pick the winners. However, sometimes a wine just seems to resonate with you at the right time. This was one of those times for the Red winner. After the last pour, we wished we could crack another bottle…
- 2014 Ken Brown Pinot Noir – Rita’s Crown, $60
- 2013 Westerly Pinot Noir – SRH, $45
- 2012 Stolpman Grenache – Ballard Canyon, $31
- 2015 Dragonette Pinot Noir – Fiddlestix Vineyard, $60
- 2014 Stolpman Sangiovese – Ballard Canyon Estate, $30
- 2013 Moretti Roso Mio, $34
- 2015 Lynmar Chardonnay – Monastery, $55 (Wine Club only)
- 2016 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Blanc – Oeil De Perdrix, $20
- 2016 Margerum Sauvignon Blanc – Sybarite, $21
- 2015 Rusack Chardonnay – Santa Barbara County, $29
And the winners are…
I know it’s hard to believe that any list with a Ken Brown or Dragonette Pinot Noir would not include one of those as the winner. However, wine is an experience… Sometimes, the best wine is surrounded by the right people and the right food at the right time. Antonio Moretti holds his own as a highly experienced winemaker in the midst of genius in Santa Barbara County. All Moretti wines are terrific and you can experience them at Taste of Santa Rita Hills in the Lompoc, CA Wine Ghetto.
Doug Margerum of Margerum Wine Company has a wine trifecta with his Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc, Riviera Rosé and M5 Rhone blend. The 2016 Sybarite for us, harkens back to the 2010 Sybarite that was one Wine Spectators Top 100 wines of 2011. Doug and his head winemaker Michael Miroballi team up to make some of the best Syrah and Rhone blends in Santa Barbara County.