VOLUME 9, ISSUE 39
March 29, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Adventures on the Pinot Trail: World of Pinot Noir - The Seminars Adventures on the Pinot Trail: World of Pinot Noir: The Tastings Talisman: 2010 Pinots are a Giant Step Up from the Ordinary Pfendler Vineyards: Exceptional Wines in 2012 Honor Peter Pfendler Bernardus Winery: Pinot Noir Transcends the Ordinary Winter Games: Taste of International Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted California Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Oregon Wines Pinot Briefs On The Pinot Trail: Rocking K Vineyard Cottages
The El Rey Vineyard was planted on the far western edge of Santa Barbara County on a hill overlooking the La Purisima Mission Lands. Wes Hagen from Clos Pepe did the original land assessment over 20 years ago and Ryan Carr of Carr Vineyards planted the vineyard to clones 115 and "828."
The vineyard is farther west than the Sta. Rita Hills Ava. Organic oil is used for mold control and all pruning, weeding and leaf removal is done by the owners. The 2006-2008 wines were produced from sourced fruit.
The winemaker is Tim Grubb who apprenticed at Tensley Winery in Buellton since 2004 where El Rey wines are made.
A single Pinot Noir from El Rey Vineyard is produced. The wine is hand crafted with light use of French Oak (15%-25% new).
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