Vineyard: Pence Ranch

OwnersBlair Pence, Blair Pence
AppellationSanta Barbara County
StoryPlanted just over 50% to Pinot Noir with multiple clones and rootstocks.
Acres200 acre property; 40 acres planted in 2012
LocationEastern limit of Sta. Rita Hills AVA (technically just outside the AVA) across from Rio Vista Vineyard and adjacent Sebastiano Vineyard on Highway 246.
AspectSusceptible to strong afternoon winds
SoilsTierra, Linne and San Andreas series, dense clay and rock (calcerous sedimentary)
VarietiesChardonnay, Pinot Noir
ManagersFrancisco Ramirez, Stan Kabota

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2013 Pali Wine Co. Huntington Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 3,861 cases, $22.50, screwcap. Sourced from Lucas & Lewellyn, Bent Rock, Radian and Pence Ranch vineyards. Aged 12 months in 100% French oak barrels, 30% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. A cherry-driven wine with added notes of raspberry and cola in a middleweight style with well-integrated tannins. The fruit is luscious and very satisfying, finishing with some intensity. Oak shows up in the background over time in the glass. Score: 89. Reviewed April 5, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Seal Beach Winery Taylor Noelle Clone 459 Pence Ranch Vineyard Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.60, TA 0.61, 143 cases, $32. Harvest Brix 26.5º. Native yeast fermentation. Aged 20 months in French oak barrels, 50% new and 50% 3-years-old. · Light cherry red color with an orange caste. Slight reduction upon opening, progressing to appealing aromas of cherry, sandalwood, spice and nutty oak. Discreetly concentrated cherry and cranberry fruit flavors in a bright and rather delicate style with hints of citrus, white chocolate, sarsaparilla and tobacco that come and go. There is a good natural acid spine with minimal tannins making for refreshing drinking. Oak definitely plays a role but is mellow and not drying. Interestingly, this wine has somewhat the patina and flavor of an older wine. Better when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle with more harmony and exuberance. Score: 90. Reviewed March 29, 2017 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Pali “Huntington” Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 9,218 cases, $22.50. Aged 10 months in 25% new French oak barrels. Sourced from 6 vineyards including Riverbench, Lucas & Lewellen, Bentrock, Radian, Presq’uile and Pence Ranch. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. A very ripe, exuberant wine displaying aromas of blackberry jam, plum, balsam and oak spice and full-bodied flavors of black and purple fruits with a hint of raisin and oak. A pleasant, fruity wine with no special sense of place. Score: 86. Reviewed February 22, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »