VOLUME 9, ISSUE 38
February 22, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard: A Description & Vertical Tasting Tasting Aged Williams Selyem Pinot Noir: Bottled Surprises Pinot Noir “Clone 95”: Dick Erath Revives an Old Treasure Failla Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Wines Hearty Burgundy Celebrates 50 Years Tasting Rooms Threatening to Overtax Healdsburg and Sonoma Pinot Briefs
A 5.5-acre vineyard dedicated to primarily Pinot Noir (5 acres) with 1/2 acre of Chardonnay, located on Jalama Cañon Ranch, a 1030-acre property a few miles south of the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County. The vineyard was planted in the spring of 2008 with dormant vines. Resting on southeasterly facing slopes, it is sheltered from the strong Pacific Coast winds by surrounding hills. The soils change color and consistency over the vineyard's hillside from sand to clay to limestone.
Jalama Cañon Ranch was purchased by the current owners in 2004. Originally, the property was part of a much larger land grant to Jose Antonio de la Guerra in the mid 1800s. Since then, ownership of the current parcels has been passed down through the Hollister, Dibblee and Larson families and the current owners are the eighth family from the original land grant. Besides the vineyard, the property is an operating goat and cattle ranch.
The second vintage of Pinot Noir will be released in the fall of 2013.
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