As in May, when I focused an entire column on merlot, I’d like to spotlight another single grape varietal: Today, cabernet franc.
Cab franc is similar to merlot in that it’s also a Bordeaux varietal, and is not extensively planted in Santa Barbara County since it thrives with heat, and our region isn’t big on heat.
As a bonus, cab franc offers its fans a catchy moniker: “Franc-o-philes.” How can you go wrong?
Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are actually the same grape variety. The grape originated in France where it’s known as Pinot Gris, and comes from the Burgundian Pinot family. Over in Italy, it is known as Pinot Grigio. While French in origin, it is really the Italians that we have to thank for bringing such huge global recognition and fame to the variety.
Blending vs. Co-fermentation There are two specific winemaking blending techniques that Ryan Carr uses when making our delicious wine. The most common is the blending technique which is used to create some of our wine on tap. First, …
Only two barrels produced of this unusual wine. Single clone 114 Pinot Noirs are rare. ·An impressive wine notable for the harmony between fruit, tannin, acidity and oak. It tasted of freshly picked Pinot Noir grapes.
Deep reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of earth-kissed black cherry. Sumptuous flavors of black cherry and blackberry with a beefy streak underneath. Well-crafted with supportive tannins and a silky, fruit-laden finish.
Rundown of Recent Santa Barbara County Bottlings of the Bordeaux Grape and Loire Star
If you have yet to reach for cabernet franc, now’s the time to try the lighter, crisper, and more aromatic cousin to cabernet sauvignon.
Marie’s Pinot 2013
To Help Support Breast Cancer Research
April 28, 2015 – Santa Barbara, CA – Carr Vineyards & Winery has announced that they will be releasing a Marie Pinot Noir 2013 this week! All proceeds from sales of the Pinot will help support breast cancer research. The quantity of Marie’s Pinot Noir is limited to only 50 cases.
One of our lovely staff members wrote this, and we just had to share!
“The Reason Why I Love SB County Wine #212: There is little else that can condense an entire life into a glass. My most favorite varietals are the ones that grow in rocky soil, set up against a mountain where the hot air rests and tries to dry up the last of any potential.
The Yard Vineyard is located in the Northern most section of the Sta. Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County. This vineyard was one of the first planted by Ryan Carr in 1998. The Yard is an eighteen acre vineyard planted in sandy loam soils. It is also the only spot in Sta. Rita Hills where we have found a heavy limestone content in the soils. The wines that come from these vines are very Burgundian in style with deep earth tones and a salivating minerality….
125-number of days in the average grape growing season
1-number of days it takes to screw it all up
VINTAGE 2014 is a multimedia documentary project, that Carr Winery had the privilege of being part of, that lets wine lovers experience the journey of a vintage in real time, from bud break to barreling.
“This year’s gift bag is said to be worth over $24,000 of gifts that range from trips to fine jewelry. Quoting Lash Fary, “‘It’s all about that swag,’ It is a true honor to be even a very small part of Music’s Biggest Night. The Grammy Gift Lounge is always the highlight of my year.”
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“Talk about major swag.”
“Before the Grammys kick off Sunday, presenters and performers from the show get to indulge in a room full of free gifts. At the show’s official gift lounge presented by MTG and Distinctive Assets, celebs are treated to a shopping spree of sorts and a $25,000 gift bag. Guests are also treated to … bottles of pinot noir from Carr Winery.”
Carr Winery’s 2012 Pinot Noir from Turner Vineyard was part of the 2015 GRAMMY Award gift bags.
Our sparkling wine (Blanc de Noir) is made in the Méthode Champenoise, which is the traditional method for making “Champagne.” This means that the secondary fermentation process takes place in the bottle. We add a tiny amount of yeast and sugar to each bottle and seal them with a bottle top in order to start the secondary fermentation. Bottle fermented sparkling wines tend to be less fruity. The chemical changes diminish the sweetness of the wine as it develops and in turn contributes aromas and flavors of toast, caramel, and nuttiness. The texture also tends to be creamier, smoother, and the bubbles are tinier and less aggressive….
Q: “How old is Carr Winery?”
A: The first vintage for Carr was 1999.
Q: “How many cases do you produce?”
A: About 4,500 a year.
It was the first vintage from Turner Vineyard, and the first vintage is always unlike any other the vineyard will produce. It was a very cool growing season, mostly, but just as the fruit was getting ripe, we had a heat wave. The fruit in Turner Vineyard finished up quick and turned out really good.
You’ve just entered our world, the wine world, welcome!
You know you’re here for a tasting, but aren’t quite sure where to start. With our help, you’ll be an expert taster in no time!
A tasting is just that. A tasting consists of usually around five wines and you’ll get a two oz. pour of each, just enough to get a sense of the wine and can have a couple sips. The wine will be served in order from lightest to boldest so the flavors don’t diminish your taste buds for the next pour.
You’ll get a menu with the tasting notes and other details about the wine you’ll taste. Don’t worry If you don’t get the same flavors as the notes, it’s just a guide!
You’ll use all your senses in a wine tasting; it’s more than just drinking!
Carr Winery is celebrating 15 incredible years! This is a journey that has taken us from Santa Ynez Valley to Santa Barbara and back again. Ryan Carr is the principal owner, winemaker, and grower for Carr Vineyards & Winery. Growing …
We started harvest 2014 with a new assistant winemaker! We wanted him to tell you his story, but he’s up to his neck in grapes, so we’re telling it for him… Travis Mercy, a Santa Barbara native, started at Carr …
Downtown Santa Barbara-based Ryan Carr takes the best parts of the Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valleys for this county blend, which smells of spiced cranberry, wet slate and black spices. On the palate, it’s soft and elegant, with sassafras and cherry cola flavors. – Matt Kettman