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2012 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County

Bedford-2012-Chard-225-webThis a big, rich Chardonnay of grace made in the Old World style. The fruit, harvested from White Hills Vineyard in the Los Alamos Valley, produces an extra measure of viscosity that is a characteristic of white varietals grown in this region. It completed barrel and malolactic fermentations and then had extended aging in French oak barrels, giving the wine a warm, buttery toastiness while increasing the complexity and breadth. Consequently, this full bodied white shows gentle notes of apple, pear, butter and earth, harmoniously joined by soft toasty oak nuances. The standout characteristic is the texture which invites you in to a rich expansive palate. Serve with seared scallops with orange zest, grilled chicken breast or pasta with a light creamy sauce. Bottle Price: $35.00

2012 Chenin Blanc, Santa Barbara County

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Exquisite. This is Chenin Blanc taken to a whole other level. Sophisticated yet refreshing. The fruit was barrel fermented then aged for an extended time neutral oak. The result? A dry, elegant white with notes of fresh melon and pear ending with a creamy, rich finish. Extremely well balanced. Though sensational with shellfish and seafood, its wonderful acidity makes it well matched with roast pork or turkey.
Bottle Price: $30.00 

 

2012 Merlot, Santa Barbara County

Ever since the movie Sideways, Merlot has had to undeservedly overcome a bad wrap. It already played second fiddle to Cabernet Sauvignon. But Merlot creates some the greatest wines in the world. It is an earlier ripening variety and consequently is perhaps better suited for this County since we are the one of the coolest wine growing regions. Merlot prefers a warmer climate and the fruit for this comes from the warmer, eastern Santa Ynez Valley. The wine is deep in color with blackberry and plum fruit back by toasty oak, cedar, and earthy spice. Though it has extended barrel age, the wine still has a fresh berry, tannic kick in the finish. Serve with roast duck with a red wine reduction sauce or a thick grilled burger. Bottle Price: $39.00

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara County

Bedford2012CabernetSauvignon-250-webThere are microclimates in Santa Barbara that allow grapes not always associated with this region to thrive. Bordeaux varieties can flourish as long as the growing conditions are correct. The fruit for our Cabernet Sauvignon is from eastern Santa Ynez Valley where the weather is a bit warmer. Here Cabernet Sauvignon, a later ripening variety, is able to achieve complete maturity. The wine has dark fruit flavors of black currant and black cherry enhanced by nuances of Oriental spice, black pepper, toasty oak and tobacco. Long term barrel aging gracefully brought all the elements together making it reminiscent of a well aged Old World Bordeaux. Serve with bacon-wrapped filet mignon or grilled bone-in rib-eye steaks with blue cheese. Bottle Price: $39.00

 

2012 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County

The fruit comes from the Old San Antonio Vineyard in Los Alamos. Pinot from this region is dense and direct, which is a quality well suited to an Old World style. This wine resembles an aged Burgundy with expressive aromatics and flavors of dried red berries, earth, mushrooms, and what sommeliers call forest floor, that smell you get from freshly fallen damp leaves. The tannins are firm and the finish long. Serve this with roast lamb or pork chop.  Bottle Price: $39.00

 

2012 Field Blend, Santa Barbara County

Bedford2012Field-Blend-250-webWhile this is not a true field blend, it is a nod to a less exacting formulaic vision and more a quest for producing the best wine no matter the participating varietals. Santa Barbara County may be known for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but there is a whole slew of other grapes that perform admirably. The primary grape in this Field Blend is Carignane that is accompanied by Grenache, Mourvedre, and Petite Sirah. Each varietal compliments and supports the other creating a multi-dimensional wine. Extensive barrel aging brings all the elements together, so the wine drinks beautifully right now with a soft, silky finish. The wine has an integrated berry, spice and leather quality that makes it enjoyable with grilled pork chops, smoked meats, or porcini mushroom risotto. Bottle Price: $39.00

2010 Field Blend, Santa Barbara County

Bedford-2010FieldBlend-250-webPeople blend wines for many reasons and are able to fine tune their blends by drawing the best characteristics from each wine blended. For centuries winemakers have started their blends right in the vineyard, growing a combination of grapes that stick together through out the entire process. Our field blend was not grown together but the fruit was cofermented together. It consists of 40% Petite Sirah, 28% Grenache, 28% Carignane, 4% Mourvedre. We gave this extended aging in barrel to create a wine of harmony yet it is still robust. The finish is full and supple. Magnum Only  (1/5L): $100.00 (very limited)

2012 Grenache, Santa Barbara County

Bedford2012Grenache-250-webThis is a soft, fragrant Grenache with dulcet fruit and Old World notes of leather and dusty earth. Long, gentle barrel aging in French oak barrels integrated the fruit character with the oak, creating a wine of strength and grace. It shows candied dark cherries, clove, earthy spice and toasted nut notes that carries through to the palate. Serve with chicken Marsala or a stuffed grilled pork chop. This is a wine that is ready to enjoy now. Bottle Price: $35.00

2010 Grenache Santa Barbara County

Bedford-2010Grenache-200We consistently produce an uncharacteristically well concentrated, rich, ruby red Grenache that earns its own bottling every year. An 38 month stay in French oak barrels, 25% new, tones the fruit character creating a wine of strength and grace. It is very aromatic with a fragrant, spicy nose of ripe raspberries, plums, candied dark cherries, clove, rose hip, mint tea, and an earthy spice that carries through to the palate. A mosaic of tannins supports the fruit and creates a supple, full body and lingering finish.  Pair this wine with grilled and roasted meats, mushrooms, and dark fowl such as duck – flavors that harmonize with the earthiness of the wine. Magnums only (1.5L): $100.00 (very limited)

2010 Mourvèdre, Santa Barbara County

10425_4-Mourvedre-10-webMourvèdre (also known as Mataró or Monastrell) is a red wine grape variety that is grown in many regions around the world including the Rhône and Provence regions of France, the Valencia and Jumilla denominación de origens of Spain. Though seldom seen as a single varietal, it definitely deserves its own bottling.  We give this wine all the care needed to maximize its best attributes including “delestage”, a procedure by which red grape juice must is pumped over to promote aeration for a uniform fermentation. The process deconstructs the fruit to eventually construct a wine that optimizes the aromatics, flavor, and texture. When fermentation was complete, the Mourvèdre was put to barrel for 36 months, 20% new oak. Dark, opaque and dense, the rich black currant, plum fruit character is enhanced by a spicy, clove fragrance and an intriguing forest scent. Perhaps its finest feature is the incredible texture with silky tannins that unfold the fascinating flavors. Magnums Only (1.5L): $100.00 (very limited)

 

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