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Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2011

Member Review by vin0vin0:

Nice and crisp with lemon pith, green apple, and good acidity. There's some smoothness that adds a bit of complexity. Not much butter or oak which is what I've been liking in my chards recently.

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Santa Barbara Winery:
Santa Barbara had the good fortune of being the site of one of the numerous California Missions built by the Franciscan Brothers in the late 18th century. The good brothers needed altar wine and a source of reliable drink. Wells and stored water had a habit of becoming contaminated. Whether by choice or necessity they used a variety, now known as Mission, a variety of uncertain origin, but... Read more
Santa Barbara had the good fortune of being the site of one of the numerous California Missions built by the Franciscan Brothers in the late 18th century. The good brothers needed altar wine and a source of reliable drink. Wells and stored water had a habit of becoming contaminated. Whether by choice or necessity they used a variety, now known as Mission, a variety of uncertain origin, but hardy and productive. It produced a very rough wine, suitable for the altar, but it must have made the more worldly members of the Order long for the wines of Europe. In the late 19th century Santa Barbara became an important producer for the San Francisco Market. Santa Cruz Island, 20 miles off the coast at Santa Barbara, was the home of one of the principal suppliers. They grew, made and shipped their wine by boat to San Francisco. This economic model was probably doomed to fail once other vineyards were established closer to the city and in the early 20th century production declined and was finally killed off by prohibition.There were other wineries, smaller wineries that satisfied the local market. One of these was the Packard winery whose building, although abandoned, survived until the late 1950s when it was replaced by a gas station. The gas station has suffered a similar fate but has not engendered the same nostalgia. The modern era began in 1962 with the establishment of Santa Barbara Winery. At that time there were no vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Grapes needed to be shipped from a county to the north, over 100 miles away. Two Bakersfield expatriates planted the first new vineyard in the county in 1965. Experienced growers, they benefited handsomely from the wine boom of the late 60s, and the rest is history. There are now over 100 wineries and 20,000 acres of grapes in the county. Santa Barbara with its three appellations, or districts, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria is now a very big player. The climate ranges from the very cool to the very warm, allowing for a wide selection of grapes. One of these, Pinot Noir, a cool climate variety, was the principal beneficiary of the movie Sideways, a movie that put Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara on the map. More information about the California Missions and Santa Cruz Island can be found on Wikipedia. Read less

Member Reviews for Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay Santa Barbara County

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Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578086,384
3.00 5
05/15/2014

Nice and crisp with lemon pith, green apple, and good acidity. There's some smoothness that adds a bit of complexity. Not much butter or oak which is what I've been liking in my chards recently.


Snooth User: dontdivedrunk
134845149
2.50 5
09/01/2013

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: shsim
10326661,287
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 07/10/2012

This Santa Barbara native has hints of papaya, melon and a blend of tropical fruits. Smooth and creamy, this Chardonnay has a touch of crispness (30% Stainless steel and the rest in a mix of french and Hungarian puncheons- Large barrels holding more than 500 liters) which makes it more enjoyable. It taste a little than sweeter than Chardonnay, like there was some dried toasted raisins thrown in. I just wish the finish was cleaner although it was smooth. For more, please visit http://dionyshius.blogspot.com/2012/07/sb-chardonnay.html


Snooth User: mikespeer
10741941,196
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 09/23/2012

melon on the nose...on the palatte it is full bodied and very well balanced with a slightly crisp finish


Snooth User: Cheri
43567545
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 02/25/2008

Seldom go wrong w/ an SB wine. No exception here. Had in Dec. '06.


External Reviews for Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay Santa Barbara County

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Vintage: 2009 09/23/2011

"Bright


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Vintage: 2009 06/13/2012

Showcases citrus and lemon zest on the nose, followed by a flavors of stone fruit. Well balanced with lively acidity.


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Vintage: 2008 03/26/2010

A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2008 Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay 750ml


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Vintage: 2008 09/23/2011

"The fruit intensity and depth of flavor makes this full-bodied style an ideal match with hearty


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Vintage: 2008 09/23/2011

"Chardonnay exhibits notes of minerals and peaches. It is a well-made


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Vintage: 2007 04/30/2010

Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay 2007 and all other wine from Santa Barbara Winery are available for immediate delivery and discounted prices from CheaperCigars.com. We also carry wide variety of wine from USA and across the globe.


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Vintage: 2005 01/29/2009

The clean fruit really shines here, with apple, orange and tropical fruit aromas, and similar solid, deep flavors. The mouthfeel is full but not overblown, and stays lively through the long citrus-tinged finish. Graceful, with an admirable



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