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Our current releases include wines that we believe are ready to enjoy now, and yet will continue to gain complexity with cellaring.

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2010 Pinot Noir, Cargasacchi Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

2010 Pinot Noir, Cargasacchi-Jalama Vineyard, Santa Barbara County

2009 Invincible Sun Cargasacchi-Jalama Vineyard, Santa Barbara County

2010 Vintage

The 2010 Vintage was punctuated by several heat spikes that began at veraison and affected fruit that was not protected directly by leaf coverage and the vine canopy. In some vines even protected fruit withered on the vine and was lost. On north-south oriented rows at flowering we typically leaf pull the morning side in order to get cooler morning sun on the grape skin, reducing green flavors and increasing skin thickness. But with the heat spike that “normal” level of leaf pulling left the fruit overly exposed in September’s heat spikes. As a result, the vines received morning sun until near midday. To protect the fruit on the north south oriented rows we reacted by repositioning the upper canopy wires at the top of the trellis and pushed the wire over and behind the canes, where they exit the trellis. By leaning the canes toward the east, this created more shade on the fruit and limited the late morning sunlight from striking the fruit.

2010 followed three previous drought years with 29 inches of rainfall that was equivalent to the total for the three previous years combined. (Historic average rainfall is circa 14 inches per year.) The vines started the season with abundant moisture but ended the season with depleted soil moisture through using the cover crops and frequent high mowing before seeds formed. This kept the cover crop in a vegetative phase to evapo-transpirate water out of the soils and helped control vine vigor. The retained cover crop also helped to lower vineyard temperatures during the heat spikes by insulating the soil from absorbing solar energy, and minimized the conduction, storage and radiation of heat energy as compared to clean tilled exposed mineral soil.

2010 Cargasacchi Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills

Cargassachi Pinot Noir SBC labelAromatics of darker fruits in the nose with hints of lavender and sage. Flavors are full bodied and savory. First flavor impressions are of blackberry, tea leaf and cedar. The mouth feel is ripe and plush with suggestions of minerality. Tannins are soft and add a layer to the sensation of texture, finishing earthy, with chewy hints of toast and cocoa.

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2010 Cargasacchi-Jalama Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County (375ml)

Cargassachi Pinot Noir SBC labelVisually dark, complex and brooding. First impressions in the nose are of red fruit, cinnamon and wild sage. In tasting, the flavors of red cherry, currant, blackberry and tea leaf unite in a mouth feel that shows mineral and soft tannin. The fruit character is fresh, bright and juicy. The flavors are seamless with red and dark fruit, spice; combining with tannin and mineral character to create a persistent finish. In all its opulent fruit-forward character, flavor and richness, this is a bottle that is easy to open and drink by itself. Nevertheless, the structure behind this wine will make you want to pop and pour it with a nice steak, cut of lamb and even salmon.

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2009 Vintage

2009 followed two previous drought years and was the third successive year with rainfall that was significantly below normal. The vines started and ended the season with depleted soil moisture. The canopies were small and the fruit carried by the vines was marked by much smaller than normal berry size. The tiny clusters and small berry size produced a concentrated and richly flavored wine with remarkable balance that reflects both the character of the vintage and the terroir/site expression of the vineyards. 2009 was a great pinot noir vintage.

2009 Invincible Sun Late Harvest Pinot Grigio, Santa Barbara County

Cargasacchi Invincible Sun labelThe Pinot Grigio grapes for the Invincible Sun are allowed to ripen to the maximum attainable sweetness that the vine is able to produce. After an additional 2-3 weeks of hang time, the dehydrating fruit is harvested at an extremely ripe state without botrytis and without any mold. Only the perfect and unblemished fruit is picked. It is picked cold, and then pressed and fermented in neutral barrels. This is a very bright, clean and aromatic expression of the Pinot Grigio grape varietal, not cloyingly sweet in the mouth, but rather possesses a firm core of acidity that frames the ripe, appealing flavors. Floral and fruit notes on the nose with bright lifting aromatics of white peaches, ginger, lavender and pie crust. Lighter bodied and not cloying, this is a refreshing late harvest wine with concentrated flavors that include nectarine, pear, mango and lime. The 2009 Invincible Sun is the ripest produced to date and along with white fruit and citrus there are hints of baking spice, peach pie and crème brulee.
*This wine is not filtered and has some sediment.

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