Pre-"Winter Wine Experience" in the Ghetto

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Pre-"Winter Wine Experience" in the Ghetto

Postby Phil_Carpenter » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:12 pm

The Lompoc Wine Ghetto had their inaugural "Winter Wine Experience" last Sunday (12-02-12). This great event was held to benefit the Lompoc Boys and Girls Club. I was able to make it...but before the official start time began (3pm-6pm). I dropped my wife off at the airport in San Diego at 5am, drove to Ojai, dropped off my little girl with my Aunt, and picked up my Uncle and Birthday Boy Cousin, and hit the road. We got into town around 11:15pm. An old friend, who I haven't seen for a while, was having an open house. We decided we had to go say hello.

Cargasacchi/Point Concepcion

I hadn't seen Peter in a while. Always great to hangout and hear the stories. Peter was showing off his miniature wolf hound and pouring his new wines. As usual, the wines were all showing their beauty. The Point Concepcion Wines have gone through a facelift in a couple ways. The 2010 Celestina Pinot Grigio sports a new label, and new look. Not orange this year, but still exhibiting those beautiful orange blossom and stonefruit notes. Great acid. The 09 Caponera Chard is still a steal with its tropical fruit and weight. 2010 Point Concepcion Salsipuedes Pinot Noir was lighter in color than the Cargasacchi Pinots, and had a bit more acid. But man, what a great bottle. Got the great red fruit, earth, and cedar. Lovely.

Pinot Grigio label
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Pinot Noir Label
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Peter had 09 Cargasacchi Cargasacchi Vineyard Pinot open, as well as the 10 Cargasacchi Jalama Vineyard Pinot. Man, as velvety, smooth as I remember them. One of my first Pinots when I visited Lompoc for the first time. Tugged at my heartstrings. Lastly, 2009 Invincible Sun. My favorite dessert wine from the area. This one doesn't bludgeon you with mandarin orange...but has a nice underlying of the well as orange blossom/honeysuckle. The key is the acid. Rather light on its feet. To me, that is what I look for in white sticky.

What I walked out with: The "Pinot Pack" (Both Cargasacchi Pinots, and the Point Concepcion Pinot), and an Invincible Sun.

Peter holding a bottle of sparkling Pinot he will be releasing in the upcoming months.
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Next up...


Last time I tasted at Brewer-Clifton (B-C), I had to make an appointment, pay a pretty steep price, and only got to taste the Mount Carmel (second highest produced Chard & Pinot), and the Santa Barbara County wines. Honestly, I was a little disappointed. Now B-C has a tasting room, and has a great flight of white and reds to share.

B-C sent an e-mail stating they would be pouring their 3-D Sparkling Chard for the event. We were early and asked if they had any open. They did not...bummed, but understood! Then the woman working the room sent a text, and before you know it...POP! Out came the bubbles!! So glad she was able to open it for us. Just a beautiful sparkler. I got fresh pears and almond. Just yummy. The flight of Chards were beautiful and my favorite part of the flights. 3-D was excellent, but the Gnesa blew me away. 3-D Pinot was everything I love in SRH pinot. Great red fruit, earth, and loam. The Melville Pinot was amazing as well.

What I walked out with: 2010 Brewer-Clifton Gnesa Chard

B-C Tasting Room
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The 3-D sparkler getting poured
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3-D Sparkler Info Sheet
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Met up with some industry folk and went to:


Man, I seriously love BOTH these labels. Arcadian has one of my favorite all-time Chards. And fortunately, they had a 2007 Sleepy Hollow Chard open for us. God I love it so. The 2007 Sleepy Hollow Pinot was smokin' as well. Bratcher Wines might be the biggest bang for the buck deal in all of Santa Barbara. 09 Chard is beautiful and crisp and under thirty. 09 La Encantada Pinot is such a great expression from the vineyard...and under forty. But the 08 Santa Barbara Syrah just hit me perfectly. Watch Hill and Los kinda Syrah! STEAL at $22!!!

What I walked out with: 08 Bratcher Santa Barbara County Syrah

07 Sleepy Hollow Chard...sigh
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Ran in the rain to:


One of my all-time favorite labels. Great folks (Ryan and Brit)...great fruit...great wines. Quick three wine tasting...all impressive. 09 Chard was great...09 Pinot was even better (which is saying A LOT since the Chard is usually my fav)...and SUPERIOR was the 09 Syrah. Hard to find SRH Syrah...and they have some killer rows at Zotovich. Man, this wine is ruled. True NoRhone.

What I walked out with: 09 Zotovich Syrah

Zotovich Tasting Room
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Next stops:

Piedrasassi/Evening Land

Melissa Sorongon has her talented vision and hands all over these labels. Thankfully, she give me the time of day and lets me try these OUTSTANDING wines! The 2010 Piedrasassi Central Coast White Wine is a total mind freak and one of my favorite whites of all time. It's worth driving up to the Ghetto for a few ounces of this alone! 2010 “P.S.” Central Coast Syrah..."The Cream Label" is silky smooth and priced disgustingly low ($18/bottle). 2009 Piedrasassi Central Coast Syrah is a step up and hits me perfectly. Fruit, acid, weight...perfect.

What I walked out with: 2010 “P.S.” Central Coast Syrah..."The Cream Label"

Piedrasassi Tasting Room
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Walked next door to Evening Land. Beautiful to start with the 2010 Chardonnay, Bourgogne Blanc, Blue Label. I've been drinking a lot of Burg lately and this hit the spot. Clean and refreshing. The Pinots we tasted were a flight from the Santa Rita Hills vineyards. 2010 Evening Land Vineyard Estate, 2010 Memorious, and Bloom's Field...all STUNNING!! The Memorious was my favorite though. Showing a great hue, structure...but with acid! Man.

Evening Land Memorious Pinot
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What I walked out with: WILD CARD!! 2009 Pinot Noir, Vosne-Romanee. Was in the middle of a Burgundy Intensive class and wanted to try some Vosne-Romanee fruit!! Beautiful BTW!

Evening Land Vosne-Romanee
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Lastly, drove in the pouring rain to...

Jalama Wines

Always gotta go say hi to Mark! The tasting room was PACKED! Mark had the always crowd pleasing Clementina open. 2011 vintage...55% Riesling...45% Sauv Blanc. 100% YUM!!! He also had the brand new 2010 Carg Pinot open. This is from the family's Santa Rita Hills vineyard. Man, a great Pinot.

Mark Cargasacchi workin' like a mad man!
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We had to take off right when the Ghetto was getting packed with folks attending the function. I was happy all the places were cool with us showing up early. It had been a while since I'd been back in the Ghetto. I left kicking myself that I hadn't done it sooner. All the people and the wines were excellent! Until next time!

Event Flyer
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Re: Pre-"Winter Wine Experience" in the Ghetto

Postby Steve Anderson » Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:12 am


Sounds like a great day. Awesome notes and photos! It looks like you'll need to get up earlier or stay later next time, as you missed Ampelos, Samsara, Palmina and a host of others. Slacker!

Seriously, a great read. I've heard the rumors of Sparklers for a year or two now and excited to see they are getting nearer to fruition.

Signed up for the Bratcher email list about a year ago, but haven't heard a peep since. Thought the wines were exciting when we tasted them at 3rd Corner OB way back when.

I knew Evening Land had the French Connection going, but no clue they had a Vosnee Romanee in the mix. Sounds pretty interesting.

I should have let you twist my arm a little harder to make this trip!


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