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Casa Barranca Winery

Owner(s) William Moses
Web site www.casabarranca.com
 
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William Moses crafts his wines from purchased Central Coast fruit in a century-old subterranean stone water cistern , an original feature of his National Historic Landmark Casa Barranca Estate in Ojai, California. The estate was designed in 1909 by noted leaders of the arts and crafts movement, the Greene Brothers. Moses insists on organic farming of his grapes and his winery is the first to be certified organic on the Central Coast. His wines have either low levels of sulfites ("made with organic grapes") or no sulfites added ("organic wine").

Multiple varietals are produced. The Casa Barranca Pinot Noirs from La Encantada Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills and Laetitia Vineyards in Arroyo Grande have shown restraint, elegance and charm. The wines are reasonably priced and sold through the website. A tasting room is located in Ojai at 208 E. Ojai Ave., and is open Thursday-Sunday. The Casa Barranca Estate is available for private events, tours and vacation rental (805-640-1255).

Reviewed Wines

2005 Casa Barranca Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 125 cases. Aged in 30% new French oak. · Black cherries are the feature here in the aromas and on the palate. Spice, sandalwood and red berries add interest. Delicately styled and easy to drink. Reviewed September 11, 2006

2005 Casa Barranca Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 1,325 cases, $25. Aged in 40% new French oak. · The theme is blueberries and strawberries with notes of mocha and cedar. Discreetly concentrated with mild but firm tannins and lively acidity on the back end. No complaints, especially at this price. Reviewed September 11, 2006

2005 Casa Barranca Wines Laetitia Vineyards Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir

125 cases, $25. A relative new producer located in Ojai which I have featured in past issues of the PinotFile. Casa Barranca wines are available on the website at www.casabarranca.com. The winery is not open for tasting. · This Pinot is one spicy dude. Bing cherries, nutmeg and cinnamon are featured throughout. The finish offers lively acidity and the whole package is very drinkable. Crafted with 30% new oak, the tannins are very soft. Understated, but really true to the varietal and a suitable dinner companion. Reviewed January 22, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Casa Barranca Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 125 cases, $26. William Moses crafts his wines from purchased fruit in a century-old subterranean stone cistern , an original feature of his National Historic Landmark Casa Barranca Estate. He insists on organic farming of his grapes. · Terrific aromatics here with vibrant crushed cherries and oak spice. A light core of red cherry fruit is supplemented by herb and woodsy tastes. Good acid spine. The nose trumps the flavors but still a decent drink. Reviewed November 12, 2007 ARTICLE »