Rancho Sisquoc Winery
This is a relatively long-established name in Santa Barbara County among a plethora of new and emerging producers. Some 130 ha (320 acres) of vineyard are now planted on the vast 15,000 ha (37,000 acre) Flood ranch. From a fairly extensive range, the Bordeaux varieties particularly stand out. The vineyards are among the warmer sites in the Santa Maria Valley but get some respite from the summer heat as a result of cooling winds and morning fog that drifts in through the coastal ranges. Sylvaner is a rare impressive example from California with lightly tropical fruit and a hint of residual sugar. Chardonnay offers good weight, subtle tropical notes and and rich texture at this level. Both the Merlot and Sisquoc River are fruit-driven styles, the latter a cherry-scented blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Sangiovese and Malbec. The Cabernet Sauvignon is a more seriously structured red, although it is in a lighter style than others and offers a subtle minty intensity to its fruit. The top red, Cellar Select, blends Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, again in a light, subtle style but with great depth and intensity and just that subtle minty undercurrent. The top two reds will develop well in bottle. (DM)
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