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2017 Dry Creek Valley Chenin Blanc
Winemaker: Leo Hansen of Leo Steen Cellars
From Martin: "Having worked as a sommelier, Leo Hansen came to California with the goal of making wines to be enjoyed with a meal. After discovering some of the state’s oldest Chenin Blanc vines, he knew the grape could serve his purpose well. Since Steen is also an old middle name in his family, it made sense that this synonym for Chenin would grace the label, and Leo Steen wines was born. Each vintage, Leo crafts several different Chenin Blanc bottlings. This one is bone-dry, with notes of lemon rind, jasmine tea, and sea salt."
2016 Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir
Winemakers: Bob and Jim Varner of Varner Wines
From Martin: "This wine is coming from the Los Alamos Vineyard in northern Santa Barbara County. In just a short period of time, the Varner brothers have established the relationships necessary to source some of the best fruit from one of the best vineyards in the area. The result is a medium-bodied wine that shows notes of fresh raspberry, turned leaves, and exotic spice."
2016 Cool Gray Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Chris Pittinger of Gros Ventre Cellars
From Martin: "You may remember Chris from the amazing Chenin Blanc blend he shared with us as part of our July release. In a short period of time, he has gained national acclaim for the exciting Rhone-style wines that he crafts at Skinner Vineyards, as well as for the cool-climate Pinots he produces with his wife Sarah for their Gros Ventre label. Cool Gray features fruit from some of Chris’s favorite vineyards. Once it reached his cellar, his intervention was minimal, allowing for this California produce to carve its own path."