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Ken Brown Wines

Buellton, CA United States

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  • 2017 Radian Vineyard Pinot Noir
    Sta. Rita Hills
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    One of the appellation’s most picturesque and coldest vineyards, this estate is located in the southwest corner of Sta. Rita Hills, unsheltered from direct exposure to cold wines and marine fog from the Pacific. Vines wrap around the undulating hillsides in an almost 360 degree pattern. Planted in 2007, Radian has quickly become one of the new superstars of the AVA. Soils are very rocky with clay loam with generous amounts of diatomaceous earth. The austere soils combined with persistent coastal winds result in small clusters and tiny berries, leading to deep, concentrated wines.
    Suggested Retail Price: $75
  • 2017 Rita's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir
    Sta. Rita Hills
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    Planted in 2007, Rita’s Crown has quickly become one of the most highly regarded vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. The estate, located at an elevation of 600 to 950 feet on a dramatic southwest facing slope at the “crown” of the Santa Rita Hills, is one of the highest planted vineyards in the AVA. Its elevation makes this site particularly exposed to coastal fog and cool marine breezes from the nearby Pacific Ocean, ideal for the production of premium quality Pinot Noir. The soils are sandy loam with ancient seashell deposits.
    Suggested Retail Price: $70
  • 2017 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir
    Sta. Rita Hills
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    Located just west of the legendary Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, La Encantada is in the heart of Sta. Rita Hills’ quintessential Pinot Noir zone. The estate was planted by Richard Sanford in 2001 and was one of the first vineyards in Santa Barbara County to be certified organic. Comprised of 100 acres of mostly Pinot Noir, this north-facing vineyard is planted on a ridge straddling the Santa Ynez River Valley and is open to the cooling marine breezes, which sweep in from the Pacific Ocean. Soils are a combination of clay, loam, shale and sand.
    Suggested Retail Price: $65
  • 2017 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir
    Sta. Rita Hills
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    This vineyard is the birthplace of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation and played a significant role in bringing recognition to the great potential of the region. Planted by Richard Sanford and Michael Benedict in 1971, wines produced from this vineyard continue to set the highest quality standards. The soil type is the Botella Series, a composition of both clay and loam with a high calcareous content, which drains well and helps keep yields low. While about 50 acres of original plantings on their own rootstock are still farmed, other blocks have been replanted to top Pinot Noir clones, including 943 and 2A.
    Suggested Retail Price: $70

Description

OUR FOCUS at Ken Brown Wines is on very small lots of Pinot Noir from the finest vineyards of Sta. Rita Hills. The wines are produced at our winery in Buellton at the gateway to the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, and most lots consist of 250 cases or less. Total annual production is only about 2,000 cases. I work with growers, many of whom I’ve known for years, to hand select vineyard blocks for our program. Some of the remarkable vineyards we work with include Sanford & Benedict, Radian, Rita's Crown and La Encantada. We also produce limited bottlings of Syrah and Chardonnay. My wife, Deborah, and I and our small staff enjoy the close relationships we have with our wines and our customers.

Most of my career has been spent pursuing the elusive traits that make great Pinot Noir. From my early days at Zaca Mesa Winery to my 20-year tenure at Byron Vineyard to our small family operation at Ken Brown Wines, I have continued to experiment with clones, rootstocks, soils and winemaking techniques, exploring the tremendous potential for Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara County.

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