|Owner(s)||Michael Brughelli, Mikey Guigni|
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A small project focusing on sparkling apple cider and ultra premium Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling wine from the Central Coast of California. Winemaker Michael Brughelli, a Cal Poly grad, produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at the Bien Nacido Winery and partner Mikey Giugni makes a small amount of sparkling cider at Jack Creek Cellars in Paso Robles.
The pair met while attending college at Cal Poly. While Mikey was visiting Tasmania, he stumbled upon a small red brick church that was steps from the sand. The run-down church had a stained glass window that he thought read "Scar of the Sea," when it actually said, "Star of the Sea." When Mikey returned, they decided to name their winery, Scar of the Sea, a natural fit as they both Mikey and Michael had been lifeguards and surfers.
Total case production is 600 cases. The wines have attracted praise from the wine press. Both wines and hard ciders are sold on the website
2018 Scar of the Sea Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., $24.95 (K&L Wines, San Francisco, CA).. Produced and bottled by Scar of the Sea, Santa Maria, CA. · Light ruby red color in the glass. Aloof but pleasant aromas of red cherry, cranberry, rose petal and sandalwood. Very elegant in a light-weight style somewhat akin to a rosé featuring fresh and bright flavors of red cherry and berry with gossamer tannins and a touch of oak. Score: 88. Reviewed November 12, 2020 ARTICLE »
2016 Scar of the Sea Bien Nacido Vineyard Q Block Old Vine Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., $70. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, underbrush, slate and toasty oak. Very gracious on the palate with impeccable balance, offering the middleweight flavor of darker, well-spiced cherry. Slightly creamy in texture, with gentle tannins and a dusting of toasty oak that shows up on the finish. Score: 92. Reviewed August 29, 2020 ARTICLE »