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Santa Barbara Winery Negrette Santa Ynez Valley Joughin Vineyard 2005

Member Review by Tyler Worth:

93 points. Everything about this wine is deep, complex, and intense, beginning with the nose. The aroma greets you with sweet tones of vanilla and cream. Dark fruit preserves mingle with volcanic minerals, rose petals, and driftwood. There is a touch of dried bergamot, raspberry, and lavender with a very faint tint of olives and black tea with a spin in the glass. Very ripe fruit tones gracefully wash onto the palate, with exceptionally refined tones of dark chocolate, suede, and lavender flowers around the edges. The mid palate strikes a balance between being creamy and jammy, and beautiful dusty tannins lead into a delicious waxy, dark chocolate bar-like quality on the finish. This is a gorgeous wine with waves of complexity and subtlety constantly evolving. It’s big and plush, with perfect ripeness and a delicately soft velvety quality. This is truly an experience for the senses and a wine that captures both the attention of the palate and the mind. A few more of these rare gems may still be on the market somewhere. Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/09/09/post-65-central-coast-adventures-pt-4-exploring-negrette/

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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 Negrette Santa Ynez Valley Joughin Vineyard

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Snooth User: Tyler Worth
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4.00 5
07/04/2011

93 points. Everything about this wine is deep, complex, and intense, beginning with the nose. The aroma greets you with sweet tones of vanilla and cream. Dark fruit preserves mingle with volcanic minerals, rose petals, and driftwood. There is a touch of dried bergamot, raspberry, and lavender with a very faint tint of olives and black tea with a spin in the glass. Very ripe fruit tones gracefully wash onto the palate, with exceptionally refined tones of dark chocolate, suede, and lavender flowers around the edges. The mid palate strikes a balance between being creamy and jammy, and beautiful dusty tannins lead into a delicious waxy, dark chocolate bar-like quality on the finish. This is a gorgeous wine with waves of complexity and subtlety constantly evolving. It’s big and plush, with perfect ripeness and a delicately soft velvety quality. This is truly an experience for the senses and a wine that captures both the attention of the palate and the mind. A few more of these rare gems may still be on the market somewhere. Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/09/09/post-65-central-coast-adventures-pt-4-exploring-negrette/


Snooth User: SommaleD
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4.50 5
06/23/2008

I've drank a lot of wine over the course of about 8 months. I am by no means an expert taster. I can tell you one thing, this was a very good wine. You get all it's real flavors when it hits the back of your tongue. A really good taste, great fruit flavors, bought a bottle and saving it for a special occasion.




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