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Costa De Oro Winery

Owner(s) Gary Burk
Web site www.costadeorowinery.com
 
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Though born into a farming family, Gary Burk's first love was music. After earning his business degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a musician. During his time in Los Angeles, Gary’s father Ron Burk and Bob Espinola planted their 30-acre Gold Coast Vineyard. That is when Gary’s interest in grape growing and wine took off. He began selling Gold Coast grapes to winemakers from his Los Angeles base.

In 1993 on a visit home to Santa Maria, Gary was fortunate enough to share a dinner with Au Bon Climat's Jim Clendenen and Dominique Lafon of Domaine des Comtes Lafon. After that evening, Gary was hooked. Funny what a great glass of Meursault will do! In 1994 he was invited to work harvest at the Au Bon Climat/Qupe facility and was hired full time in 1995. He worked in production and marketing for ABC/Qupe until August of 2002 when he left to devote all of his time and energy to Costa De Oro. He made one barrel each of Gold Coast Vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in 1994 and has increased production of the Costa de Oro label each year to the current level of 4,500 cases annually. He currently produces his wines at the Central Coast Wines Services facility in Santa Maria.

This is a reliable producer of Central Coast Pinot Noir. A tasting room fronts Highway 101 in Santa Maria.

Reviewed Wines

2008 Costa De Oro Estate Dijon Clones Gold Coast Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

Strikingly aromatic and fruity. Very smoothly textured with soft, supple tannins. Very good. Reviewed March 11, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Costa De Oro Estate Gold Coast Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

$32. Barrel sample. Primarily Martini clone. Grapes were de-stemmed, cold soaked for 3-6 days, inoculated with Assmanshausen yeast, manual punch downs, pressed to barrel at dryness and aged in 25% new Francois Freres French oak barrels for 14 months. Lightly egg-white fined, unfiltered. · Bright purple fruit with accents of spice box, clove and earth. Substantial tannins with impressive persistence on the pleasing finish. Good. Reviewed March 11, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Costa de Oro Gold Coast Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

1,000 cases, $35. · Flamboyant aromas of cherries, berries, allspice and rose garden that persists in the glass over time. Dark red and purple succulent fruits underlain with an earthy, musky vein. Very smooth on the palate, leaving a lingering impression on the scented finish. Reviewed January 27, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Costa De Oro Estate Reserva Oro Rojo Gold Coast Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

$50. Barrel sample. A barrel selection with extended barrel aging and more new oak. 75% Martini clone, 25% Dijon clones 115 and 667. · Aromas and flavors of wild blackberries and black raspberries with notes of white pepper, spice and loamy underbrush. Delicious and persistent in the mouth with caressing grainy tannins. A special wine deserving of the reserve designation. Very good. Reviewed March 11, 2010 ARTICLE »

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2006 Costa De Oro Gold Coast Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $25. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color. The nose offers darker stone fruits, spice, wet oak and pepper. Very fruity and very attractive. The wine has an alluring plush and creamy palate with rich dark fruits, soft tannins, and a tangy acidic edge. A solid effort that every pinotphile would find enticing. Reviewed March 3, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Costa De Oro Gold Coast Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc.,$25. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color. The nose offers darker stone fruits, spice, wet oak and pepper. Very fruity and very attractive. The wine has an alluring plush and creamy palate with rich dark fruits, soft tannins, and a tangy acidic edge. A solid effort that every pinotphile would find enticing Reviewed May 7, 2008 ARTICLE »