Gainey Vineyards Santa Ynez Valley
Small to medium-sized and long established operation. The Gainey Home Ranch of some 36 ha (91 acres) is planted to the red Bordeaux varieties in addition to Sauvignon Blanc. The property itself is much larger at 730 ha (1,800 acres) and the family also farm cattle. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah have been planted across 38 ha (98 acres) at two vineyards in the cooler Sta. Rita Hills, Evan’s Ranch and Rancho Esperanza. The winery facility is now gravity-fed to provide the gentlest environment possible in which to vinify the grapes. The Limited Selection Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc have been impressive in recent vintages. The Merlot is bottled without filtration. Sauvignon Blanc gets some oak-ageing and the Limited Selection Chardonnay is fermented and aged in barrel on lees. The Estate labels are a touch cheaper., however the wines generally represent good value. The 2001 vintage saw the release of a Limited Release Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and a premium Bordeaux blend Patricks Vineyard are also released. (DM)
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