VOLUME 10, ISSUE 3
January 22, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Kutch Wines: 2013 Vintage Provided Compelling & Transparent Wines Alexana: Prescription for Pinot with Unlimited Refills En Garde: 2012 Pinots Very Promising Black Kite Cellars: Outstanding Pinot Noir in 2012 Dolin Estate: New Central Coast Pinots Offer Exceptional Value MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: Evolving to Embrace Quality Birichino: A Mischievous Pair Craft Unique Wines at Right Price Domaine de la Côte: Whole Cluster Goodness Skewis Wines: Pinot from Vineyards with a Pedigree DANCIN Vineyards: Rogue Valley Wines of Distinction Waxwing: Engaging Pinot from an Urban Winery MacPhail Proudly Releases First Estate Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted White Wines Pinot Briefs
A sister winery to Jonata producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley and replacing its predecessor, La Poesia de Jonata. Two different types of wine are offered: Old Guard wines are from older vine selections and cellar methods that give a nod to the Old World with acid and structure at the fore, and Vanguard wines are a testimony to the full textural elements common in New World sites. The name, The Hilt, refers to wines that go all the way in a quest for expression and quality. The wines carry a Santa Barbara County designation.
Winemaker Matt Dees has a degree in Soil Science from the University of Vermont and his approach is grounded in the vineyard first. He is also the winemaker for Jonata. The inaugural vintage was 2008.
The wines are sold through a mailing list and the winery's online boutique.
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