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Ken Brown Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley Nielson Vineyard 2010

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Rich and beautifully balanced with fresh aromas of Golden Delicious apple, pear and peach accented by hints of honeysuckle and spice. These components will gradually evolve into aromas of honey, pear and hazelnut as the wine develops. A silky, elegant texture intertwined with a thread of natural acidity carry through to a rich, seamless finish. This wine will enjoy exceptional ageability. 100% barrel fermented with 100% malo-lactic fermentation. It aged sur lie for 11 months in French oak barrels (10% new).

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Ken Brown Wines:
Our focus at Ken Brown Wines is on very small lots of Pinot Noir from the finest vineyards of Sta. Rita Hills. The wines are produced at our winery in Buellton at the gateway to the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, and most lots consist of 250 cases or less. Total annual production is only about 2,000 cases. I work with growers, many of whom I’ve known for years, to hand select vineyard blocks for ... Read more
Our focus at Ken Brown Wines is on very small lots of Pinot Noir from the finest vineyards of Sta. Rita Hills. The wines are produced at our winery in Buellton at the gateway to the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, and most lots consist of 250 cases or less. Total annual production is only about 2,000 cases. I work with growers, many of whom I’ve known for years, to hand select vineyard blocks for our program. Some of the remarkable vineyards we work with include Cargasacchi, Clos Pepe, Rio Vista and Sanford & Benedict. We also produce limited bottlings of Chardonnay and Syrah. My wife, Deborah, and I make up the staff of Ken Brown Wines, and we enjoy the close relationships we have with our wines and our customers. Most of my career has been spent pursuing the elusive traits that make great Pinot Noir. From my early days at Zaca Mesa Winery to my 20-year tenure at Byron Vineyard to our small family operation at Ken Brown Wines, I have continued to experiment with clones, rootstocks, soils and winemaking techniques, exploring the tremendous potential for Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara County. My first experience with Pinot Noir in what is now known as the Sta. Rita Hills came in 1976 when I met Richard Sanford and Michael Benedict and tasted one of the first Pinot Noirs from the Sanford and Benedict Vineyard. Launching the Ken Brown label in 2003 reinvigorated my excitement about the vineyards and the wines that brought me to Santa Barbara County in the first place 30 years ago. Experience tells me that great achievements still lie ahead, and it is in that spirit that I continue the quest for the next echelon of quality in Pinot Noir. Read less

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Snooth User: staceybrick
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Vintage: 2005 03/11/2008

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Rich and beautifully balanced with fresh aromas of Golden Delicious apple, pear and peach accented by hints of honeysuckle and spice. These components will gradually evolve into aromas of honey, pear and hazelnut as the wine develops. A silky, elegant texture intertwined with a thread of natural acidity carry through to a rich, seamless finish. This wine will enjoy exceptional ageability. 100% barrel fermented with 100% malo-lactic fermentation. It aged sur lie for 11 months in French oak barrels (10% new).

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