VOLUME 9, ISSUE 39
March 29, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Adventures on the Pinot Trail: World of Pinot Noir - The Seminars Adventures on the Pinot Trail: World of Pinot Noir: The Tastings Talisman: 2010 Pinots are a Giant Step Up from the Ordinary Pfendler Vineyards: Exceptional Wines in 2012 Honor Peter Pfendler Bernardus Winery: Pinot Noir Transcends the Ordinary Winter Games: Taste of International Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted California Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Oregon Wines Pinot Briefs On The Pinot Trail: Rocking K Vineyard Cottages
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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