19 Oct Pence Ranch Wines
These two estate wines from Pence Ranch (no relation) in Santa Barbara County are really stunning for the money. In addition to being a winery, this place is a working ranch and it looks like it would be a fun place to visit. They are Burgundy-inspired in style, with great acidity to balance the fruit. All wines use wild yeast fermentation and mostly neutral oak to preserve the fruit. We tasted these wines and thought they drank like wines twice the price from Santa Barbara.
2015 Pence Ranch Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County
On Sale $17.99
This is our third chardonnay produced from our vineyards and is a massale selection of six different Chardonnay selections. The fruit is farmed organically and grown on a mixture of
clay, limestone, diatomaceous and calcareous soils with north-facing expositions. The wine has vibrant aromas of fresh yellow and orange citrus indicating our sunny but cold, oceanic climate. It is a rich and concentrated wine, which are hallmarks of the low-yielding 2015 vintage, while also deftly showing our restraint in the cellar with conservative use of new oak. Barrel fermented in 20% new French oak puncheons for 9 months. Full ml and no battonage.
987 cases. 13.0% alcohol.
2015 Pence Ranch Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills
On Sale $17.99
This wine represents the essence of our organically farmed vineyards with grapes sourced from every block, representing multiple orientations, all of which are on clay soils and includes the 9 different selections we have planted. It is blended as an approachable, generous wine and intended to over-deliver for its price. At the same time though it retains the seriousness of its underlying terroir with great elegance, depth and character. The 2016 growing season provided perfectly rounded and balanced fruit. 9 months in 20% French oak. 20% whole-cluster fermented. 1850 cases. 13.5% alcohol.