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Owner and Director of Winemaking Doug Margerum is a graduate of University of California at Santa Barbara whose family bought the Wine Cask in Santa Barbara. In 1994, the Wine Cask became one of the few restaurants in the world to earn the Wine Spectator Grand Award. Margerum sold the Wine Cask in 2007 to devote all his energies to winemaking, but re-opened the Wine Cask with new partners.
Margerum Wine Company was founded in 2001 to offer limited quantities of wines made from vineyards around Santa Barbara. BARDEN is a collaboration between Margerum and winemaker Jason Barrette. The BARDEN trade name is Doug Margerum's middle name, and its English meaning is "Lives near the boar's den." Appropriately, the label has been adorned with the image of a wild boar that is pervasive in Santa Barbara area vineyards.
The wines are available directly from the website and at the winery's tasting room in downtown Santa Barbara at 813 Anacapa Street. Wines are also produced for Happy Canyon Vineyards and Cent'Anni at a shared facility.
2012 BARDEN Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
13.1% alc., $85. Zotovich Family, La Encantada and John Sebastiano vineyards. 30% whole cluster, ambient yeast fermentation, aged 9 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. Unfined and unfiltedred. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Plenty of oak overlay in this wine which has an appealing core of bright cherry fruit. Vivid and vibrant with zippy acidity. Score: 88-89. Reviewed April 4, 2015 ARTICLE »