Hitching Post Wines Santa Barbara County
Restaurateur Frank Ostini’s Hitching Post II in Buellton was featured in the film Sideways. He and friend Gray Hartley also produce a number of fine small-lot reds from Pinot Noir, Syrah and the red Bordeaux varieties, drawing on a range of Santa Barbara County vineyard sources. The wines were originally vinified at the AU BON CLIMAT/QUPÉ facility and production remains small. Fermentation takes place in small vats and the wines are only racked just before bottling without filtration. The Generation Red is based on Cabernet Franc with some Merlot and, unusually, Syrah blended in. It offers some characterful berry fruit in a medium-weight style. Syrah comes from a number of sources, with the best bottling from the excellent Purisima Mountain Vineyard. Pinot Noir is the main focus and a number of vineyard-designated bottlings are made including Fiddlestix, Bien Nacido, Cargasacchi and Julia’s Vineyard. The top Pinot, Highliner, is a barrel selection from the best lots of the best vineyards. All the wines will stand a little age. (DM)
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