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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

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

2012 Grenache, Santa Barbara County


Here is a wine that is reminiscent of an expensive bottle of coveted red pulled from a beloved cellar to be shared with those who appreciate the benefits of aging. It does not offer blunt, youthful fruit, but rather grace and a refinement that only comes from time.

This is a soft, fragrant Grenache with dulcet fruit and Old World notes of leather and dusty earth. The fruit is from Alisos Canyon in Los Alamos. Long, gentle barrel aging in French oak barrels integrated the fruit character with the oak, creating a wine of strength and grace. It is garnet in color, and when swirled in the glass, releases a ripe, dark plum aroma. On the palate the wine offers dried cherry and plum skin fruit, with clove, earthy spice and toasted nut notes that carry through to the finish. Serve with chicken Marsala or a stuffed grilled pork chop. This is a wine that is ready to enjoy now. Bottle Price: $35.00


2012 Syrah “Library Reserve”, Edna Valley

We have stepped outside Santa Barbara  County to access some amazing fruit. The Syrah is from Slide Hill Vineyard in the cool Edna Valley AVA of southern San Luis Obispo County. The vineyard is Demeter Certified Biodynamic, a unique method of organic farming that is very exacting and produces dense, highly structured fruit. 100 percent Syrah, this is a blend of five different Syrah clones from three distinct blocks. 

The fruit was harvested at a lower sugar level than some other producers, so the alcohol is balanced and under 14%. Traditional winemaking techniques were employed, including a long cool fermentation in small open-top fermenters with about 33% whole clusters to maximize the fruit.  It was aged for 20 months in French oak barrels, of which about 30% are new oak. This is a classic, cool climate Syrah; savory, spicy, and meaty with a noticeable edginess from the whole clusters. Yet there is elegance. It is a balanced wine with complex character and moderate alcohol meaning it will age beautifully for many years to come. Bottle: $48.00


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