Release 7 - April 2017

2015 Santa Barbara County Vermentino

Vineyard: Sanger Estate

Call It What You Want

The Vermentino grape is found in many different locales, but like a paparazzi-evading celebrity,

it often goes by different names. In France, where it is known as Rolle, it covers large swaths of

vineyards in the southern portion of the country. In Piedmont, Italy, it is called Favorita. Along

the Ligurian coast, its synonym is Pigato. But on the island of Sardinia, where perhaps the best

examples hale from, it is called Vermentino.

Island Life

The hot, windy, rocky north coast of Sardinia has proven especially well-suited to Vermentino.

The grape is very aromatic, known for floral tones of lime leaves and peach blossoms. The wine

is an ideal match with grilled fish from the Mediterranean and seafood stews.

Palm Trees And A Cooling Breeze

Although not an island, the town of Los Olivos in Santa Barbara County does offer an enviable

lifestyle. It also offers a perfect home for Vermentino. The Sanger Estate Vineyard sits directly

between the Pacific and the San Rafael Mountains. Heat accumulates during the day, while

salty winds pick up in the afternoon, emulating the conditions on Mediterranean isles. The result

is a refreshing medium-bodied white, with tropical flavors that can transport you to the coast.

2014 Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Franc

Winemaker: Nathan Kandler of Thomas Fogarty Winery and Precedent Wine

 

Who’s Your Daddy?

Although Cabernet Franc is popularly thought to be a slightly lighter, more fragrant counterpart

to Cabernet Sauvignon, research has determined that it, along with Sauvignon Blanc, are

actually the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignon has always been coveted by

winegrowers and wine consumers for its flavor, body, and power. Still, Cabernet Franc has

found a home as a single varietal wine in France’s Loire Valley, as well as a key blending

component in robust reds from Bordeaux, Tuscany, and California.

Surf And Turf

Although Santa Cruz may be more known for its waves, the Santa Cruz Mountains’ winegrowing

region was officially recognized by the government in 1981, making it one of the first established

American Viticultural Areas in the country. Extending from the vicinity of Gilroy northward to

Santa Cruz, then farther almost to San Francisco, the region covers an array of climates and

soil types. Ridge, Mount Eden, and Bonny Doon have enhanced the region’s reputation over the

course of five decades, alongside Thomas Fogarty, founded in the hills overlooking Stanford

University by one of the world’s foremost cardiologists.

To Be Franc

While Cabernet Franc can be light and tart when grown in a cool, damp climate, in this bottling it

comes alive because it originates in a climate that is subject to foggy mornings and

spectacularly sunny afternoons. Showing great Cabernet Franc typicity, this full-bodied red

displays juicy purple fruit notes, aromas of red rose petals and crushed sage. It’s time to heat up

the grill.

Martin Sheehan-Stross