When I walked into the winery/tasting room, every one of my senses was stimulated. The aroma of the grapes crushed, fermented and turned into wine right there in that vast room lingered in the air and sent sipping thoughts tripping across my brain….
2008 Carr Cabernet Franc, Santa Ynez Valley
Carr Winery is really what a winery should be about. Enjoying the fruit and having a great time with every moment. Ryan and Jessica Carr took their love from the University of Arizona (Go Cats!) to the vines of Santa Barbara and have set up one of the most fun and inviting wineries that I have ever seen. With a tasting room on the Urban Wine Trail in downtown Santa Barbara, the Carr’s have done something in wine that is rare – make it fun. With lots of great events at the tasting room and around town, this duo is putting out great Pinot Noir, Syrah, one of the best Pinot Gris in California and my personal favorite – their 2008 Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Franc is looked at as the bastard stepchild of Cab Sauvignon, but actually is the genetic parent of the more famous grape. Cab Franc tends to be more herbal, dusty, dank and dark, but what Ryan Carr has managed to put together with this 2008 version, is nothing short of sensational!
2009 Carr Pinot Gris, Turner Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
Clean, crisp flavors of green apples with tropical fruit and mineral notes. The wine is aged five months in stainless steel and stays light on the finish. A truly great wine by itself or as a pairing to a sharp cheese. It received a 91 point rating and editor’s choice award from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
2007 Carr Syrah, Morehouse Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
One of the last vineyards in the area to plant the Syrah Durell clone, the wine has a full-bodied taste with hints of raspberry, blueberry, plum, cured meat and spice. The finish features smooth textures with ripe, firm tannins and juicy mid-palate.
“Reduce, reuse, recycle” are eco-expressions at the forefront of our consciousness these days. But three local wineries have another “R” to add to the list: Refill.
In an effort to reduce their carbon footprints, Carr Winery, Municipal Winemakers, and Palmina sell their wines straight from the tap, in reusable glassware and growlers, some sealed with convenient swing-top closures…
Pair with barbecued meats and vegetables is what the experts say to do with this lovely wine. Flavors range from deep plum to tobacco and everything else you can dream of. A favorite among private chefs who want to accent their events with a truly over the top pour by the glass beverage A bottle at your favorite downtown table would be more than okay.
Growing up we believed that summer started when school let out for vacation, but for those of us in Santa Barbara, it seems that summer doesn’t truley begin until we’ve watched the revelers dance down State Street in the annual Solstice Parade. Summer in Santa Barbara also means new releases of local wines, perfect for lazy afternoons at the beach, picnics at the park and backyard barbecues. To select the right wine for these summer activities, we put our tasters to work….
The exterior of Carr Winery is similar to that of its owner’s: surprising. The building has more in common with an old airplane hanger than a winery. Located in an industrial section of downtown Santa Barbara, the white domed building sits amongst auto shops, industrial warehouses, and even a brewery. However, what you find inside is unexpected and beautiful. The dim lighting of the tasting bar provides an atmosphere reminiscent of a neighborhood tavern, and in many ways it is, as it plays host regularly to live bands and parties. In the back, stacks of barrels rise dramatically towards the high curved ceilings. A large stainless steel winepress sits in the corner.
This fine Pinot Noir is produced by artisanal winemaker Ryan Carr. It embodies all the characteristics an excellent pinot should, a harmonious balance of fruit and spice resulting in lush tannins and a smooth velvety finish. Enjoy this mouth-watering wine with roasted pork loin with tomato onion chutney, wild mushroom stuffing, or French onion soup with melted gruyere.
Hidden Santa Barbara Who would guess that one of Santa Barbara’s poshest wineries hails from a WWII Quonset hut in downtown’s industrial zone? But that’s exactly where you’ll find Carr Winery and it’s ultra-chic tasting room, made to look like a wine cave. Winemaker Ryan Carr produces Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Gris, and Cabernet Franc, and guests can sip’em all at intimate bistro tables in a giant barrel room surrounded by corrugated iron walls. Click here to read the article www.805living.com