Posts Tagged Santa Rita Hills

2014 Nielson Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills

Bright in the glass, with a translucent red plum color that lightens to a pink coral shade at the rim. Varietal aromas of raspberry, strawberry and blackberry pick up a scorched earth note that settles into black licorice. With time, notes of... Read more

2012 Sea Smoke Chardonnay ‘Streamside,’ Santa Rita Hills

The color is a deep straw shade. Despite the obvious weight of the wine, the aromas are delicate at first, evoking comparisons to Grand Cru Burgundy. Wisps of smoke and butter give way to perfumed flowers, white nectarine, and lemon curd. Most... Read more

2012 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir, “Southing,” Santa Rita Hills

Nearly opaque crimson color, turning to coral at the rim. In the nose, vibrant aromas of perfumed dark flowers, black raspberry, cherry, cola, orange rind, and notes of black pepper and baking spices begin the seduction of the senses. This continues... Read more

2012 Sea Smoke “Sea Spray” Sparkling Wine, Santa Rita Hills

This sparkler is a very pale salmon color with a persistent, medium bead mousse. The winery has chosen the proprietary name Sea Spray for this bottling, and it is easy to see (or, more to the point, smell) why. The first wave of aromas conjures up... Read more

MacPhail Tales: Chasing the Muse of Terroir and Noir

By Glen Frederiksen In the world of wine, Pinot Noir has a reputation as a fickle grape, capable of sublime complexity and, conversely, sour, vegetal displeasure. The road to Pinot Noir perfection is fraught with missteps and pitfalls, enough to... Read more

A Benchmark Celebration: Fiddlehead Cellars 728

By Glen Frederiksen You may recall my discussion of this event, now in its third year, HERE. It just so happened that the Happy Cooker and Your Humble Scribe were in the Central Coast at the time of the event, and decided to cruise in.... Read more

In Conversation with Victor Gallegos of Sea Smoke Cellars

By Glen Frederiksen One of the most anticipated highlights of our annual summer escape to the cool climes of California’s Central Coast is visiting with Victor Gallegos, General Manager of Sea Smoke Cellars in Santa Rita Hills. We met up at... Read more

Hilliard Bruce Winery: Breeding Fine Wines in the Santa Rita Hills

By Glen Frederiksen Sometimes, the Wine Muse cannot be ignored. For John Hilliard, a brush with death more than a decade ago led him to the Santa Rita Hills of California to pursue his life-long passion for wine. He and wife Christine Bruce... Read more

A Fun Way to Celebrate Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

By Glen Frederiksen For thirty years now, I have been chasing after my personal wine muse, and I have had many wonderful experiences along the Appellation Highways of the wine world. Being a Southern California native, it was only natural that I... Read more

2011 Sea Smoke ‘Sea Spray’ Blanc de Noirs, Santa Rita Hills

This is the second vintage of methode champenoise sparkling wine produced by the celebrated Sea Smoke winery. It has a striking appearance – pale straw color with a light bronze glow. The mousse is fine and persistent. The forward nose is floral... Read more