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.
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