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Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County is not an AVA, but a region just south of San Luis Obispo that includes the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley appellations. Wine has been produced in the area since the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted vineyards. It wasn’t until the 1990s, however, that producers focused on growing premier grapes for fine wines. During the 1990s more than 10,000 acres of vineyards were planted, and today there are nearly 20,000 acres of vineyards. The region received a big bump in recognition and prestige when the popular film “Sideways” was shot there in 2004. Because the region is affected by maritime weather, it is relatively cool climate makes it ideal for Chardonnay. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and an increasingly adventuresome number of varietals are also grown successfully in Santa Barbara County.

2017 Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Vineyard Grenache

JD  99   
WA  98+    

2004 Sine Qua Non Ode to E Grenache

1.5ltr

WA  100   
VN  96   

2004 Sine Qua Non Ode to E Syrah

1.5ltr

Light signs of past seepage

WA  99   
VN  96   

2011 Sine Qua Non Patine Grenache

Light label condition issue

WA  97   
VN  97   

2012 Sine Qua Non Rattrapante Eleven Confessions Estate Grenache

WA  100   
VN  97   

2003 Sine Qua Non The Inaugural Eleven Confessions Syrah

Capsule condition issue; Exposed Capsule

RP  100   
VN  96   
WS  90   

2003 Sine Qua Non The Inaugural Eleven Confessions Syrah

Capsule condition issue; lightly elevated cork; signs of past seepage; exposed cork; missing wax capsule

RP  100   
VN  96   
WS  90   

2003 Sine Qua Non The Inaugural Eleven Confessions Syrah

Capsule condition issue; exposed cork; missing wax capsule

RP  100   
VN  96   
WS  90   

2020 Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir

Light label condition issue

2020 Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir

1.5ltr

2017 Kosta Browne Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

WA  95   
JD  93   
WS  90   

2020 Kosta Browne Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Light capsule condition issue; light signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

WS  93   

2020 Kosta Browne Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Light label condition issue

WS  93   

2006 Copain Harrison Clarke Vineyard Syrah

RP  93   
VN  92   

2004 Sea Smoke Cellars Botella Pinot Noir

Light label condition issue

WS  93   
RP  92   
ST  90   
WS  #53 of 2006   

2013 Sea Smoke Cellars Southing Pinot Noir

WE  94   

2015 Sea Smoke Cellars Southing Pinot Noir

Light label condition issue

2019 Sea Smoke Cellars Southing Pinot Noir

Lightly depressed cork; light label condition issue

2015 Sea Smoke Cellars Ten Pinot Noir

2015 Sea Smoke Cellars Ten Pinot Noir

Light label condition issue

2012 Qupé Santa Barbara County Syrah

WE  90   

2014 Paul Lato Letters To Europe

VN  93   

2017 Paul Lato Lumiere Larner Vineyard Grenache

VN  93   
JD  93   

2012 Melville Block M Pinot Noir

Light capsule condition issue

WA  97   

2020 Melville Chardonnay

WA  93