The 2013 harvest was a nice surprise. The year started off much like 2012 with an early bud break starting the growing season sooner than normal. The continuing drought had woken the vines up too early again and the worries of frost were on everyone’s mind. March passed with just one close call. Then April came with one more 33˚ morning giving all of us a good scare, but we made it through the spring with no frost. This was the first year since 2008 that we did not see any spring frost damage in Sta. Rita Hills….
“Though not technically in the Happy Canyon appellation, Camp Four Vineyard acts very much like that warmer eastern corner of the Santa Ynez Valley, where Bordeaux varietals done in the regional style seem nicely embrace the more herbal, even pleasantly vegetal side of the equation. This Carr expression does just that, weaving in a bit of green pepper with ample spice, leather, and freshly broken chocolate bar flavors…”
The Beverage Testing Institute tasted 83 Cabernet Francs and listed us among one of the best.
Deep ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of craisins, chocolate mint, roasted pepper, incense, and leafy herbs with tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy, fine tannin finish. Very flavorful and vibrant.
– Beverage Testing Institute
Wine Tasting at its Funky Best
Down towards the East side of town, on Salsipuedes Street you can stop into Carr Vintners. From the outside it looks like a miniature airplane hangar, but don’t let the façade food you! This tasting spot is one of the hippest on the south coast featuring a laid back, barrel room vibe like no other. These folks know how to serve and entertain in their comfy seating areas and actually encourage you to bring your own pizza, and have a game of shuffleboard as you sip the many varietals by the glass or bottle….
Come explore Santa Ynez and fine all the wonderful stores and restaurants and all the hidden gems it has to offer.
Alan from The Cultural Diplomat had some kind words to say about The Santa Ynez Warehouse and about our wines.
Roxy is our loving watch dog. She is up at the vineyards in the mornings chasing away squirrels and rodents and lounging around and relaxing the rest of the day at the winery. No wonder The News-Press thought to include her in their article on winery dogs.
This is a great article about ways to enjoy your Saturday. Matt takes you around to all the hard to find places of Santa Barbara. Our favorite part is him coming to visit Carr Winery during harvest and getting a hands on experience in winemaking.
Anthony Head with 805 Living wrote loves our 2009 Three Vineyard Pinot Noir.
“Carr used fruit from three different Sta. Rita Hills vineyards to structure this elegant pinot. Although I can’t pick out which vineyard the floral aspects came from, nor where the cherry and cola flavors and enticing minerality originated. I can definitely report they’re all here-and apparently they’re all pretty damn happy to be in the same bottle.”
2009 Carr Syrah, Morehouse Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
This Syrah is considerably lighter in body than you’d expect for a variety that’s often heavy and full bodied. It has the silkiness of a Pinot Noir, and it’s dry and complex in wild berry, leather, black pepper and cedar flavors. It shows lots of elegance throughout, and could even pick up bottle notes over the next six years. – S.H
Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine trail has finally joined together to form a 501 nonprofit.
We started picking at 3:00 this morning at Kessler-Haak. We finished with about one and a half tons of Chardonnay.
We were up before dawn today picking Kessler-Haak Pinot Noir for our sparkling wine.
Harvest is almost here. This Sangiovese shown in the picture from Vandale Vineyard is looking delicious and almost ready to be picked, four more weeks. The Sauvignon Blanc looks like it will be the first thing that we pick for …
“Anytime that you are able to step into a winery and take pink bubbles to go – you know in your heart of hearts that anything related to this place is going to be fun. In what looks like a hollowed out airplane silo, Ryan and Jessica Carr have created an atmosphere at their eponymous winery that rivals the best party in town. Carr has created a very cool growler-type program, where you can get your own refillable bottle and fill it with several of their delicious offerings, which are always in small production. Still one of the top vineyard managers in Santa Barbara, Ryan is able to capture some of the best fruit sources for his eclectic mixture of bottles, including one of the best white wines in the county….”
The summer is starting to heat up and what better to accompany your BBQ than the 2011 Harvest Girl Rosé.
The vines are off to a good start this year. The late season rain has given the vines a good push and we have seen strong growth. The Sangiovese at Vandale has already flowered and has set a good looking …
Wine Business Monthly chose our 2010 Carr Cabernet Franc, Camp Four Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley as one of their “Hot Brands” of 2012.
Note that The Winery’s Quonset Hut is in consistent demand for receptions of all sorts, as well as rehearsal dinners. A lofty ceiling, subtle lighting over rich, dark wood-work, décor that illustrates the vintner’s trade from seedling vines to casks and corks, this is a memorable, one-of-a-kind location, a place you’ll be delighted to share with family and friends. If a full-fledged reception is not in your Santa Barbara plans, The Winery can accommodate tasting groups of any size or composition, old or young, over a timeframe of your choice. Tables in its lounge area easily convert for side games of backgammon, chess and shuffleboard.
2009 Carr Pinot Noir, Turner Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
Medium ruby color; deep black cherry aromas with toasty oak and herbal notes; deep, complex and full bodied, dark cherry and plum flavors with herbal and pepper notes; some tannin and oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Concentrated, deep Pinot with the structure to stand up to a hearty steak or tri-tip.
2009 Carr Pinot Noir, Kessler-Haak Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
Medium-deep ruby color; complex, pretty aromas of black plum, pepper and toasty oak; deep, ripe, black cherry and plum flavors with earthy, smoky notes; some tannin and oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, complex Pinot with a lot going on! Needs time to open up and will definitely reward a few years in your cellar.