This bright, versatile Pinot Noir delivers a fresh, berry nose of strawberry and cherry with a zippy, mouth-watering texture and long finish. Our Pinot Noir pairs nicely with poultry, a cheese aperitif or an outdoor BBQs Santa Maria style.
Santa Barbara Collection Pinot Noir is sourced exclusively from our North Canyon vineyard, which is planted to desirable Dijon clones -- 115, 667, and 777 -- known for producing nuanced, complex expressions of the varietal.
North Canyon is located along the Santa Maria Bench, in prime Pinot Noir territory. The region’s east-west orientation exposes the vineyard to the cool, maritime influence of Pacific winds. Pinots from this vineyard are notable for their elegance and expressive character.
|Led by estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Santa Barbara Collection offers a fresh, modern approach to California’s most exciting wine region. Click on the wines to the right to learn more about our vineyards and winemaking philosophy.
Don Ackerman, General Manager of our Santa Barbara County vineyards, Cat Canyon and North Canyon, describes the style of Santa Barbara Collection:
While I have great respect for the wines produced throughout the North Coast, I would say that our limiting soils produce less vigorous vine growth. So without a great deal of canopy manipulation, the fruit in our vineyards receives more exposure to sunlight. This produces wines that have a more vivid fruit character.
While some North Coast wines are like a three-piece suit, in that the fruit character may be subdued by heavy-handed oak or over-manipulation in the winery, our wines are more like an aloha shirt – a true expression of the wonderful Santa Barbara terroir.