TECHNICAL INFORMATION

CHARDONNAY PENCE RANCH

Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley
Varietal: Chardonnay
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93 pts WE - Pence Ranch 2016

91 pts WA - Pence Ranch 2016

90 pts Vinous - Pence Ranch 2013

CHARDONNAY MELVILLE VINEYARD

Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley
Varietal: Chardonnay
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CHARDONNAY PRESQU'ILE VINEYARD

Appellation: Santa Maria Valley

Varietal: Chardonnay

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94 pts WE - Presqu'ile 2016

90+ pts WA - Presqu'ile 2016

92 pts Vinous - Presqu'ile 2013

CHARDONNAY "LE BON CLIMAT"

Appellation: Santa Maria Valley

Varietal: Chardonnay

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92 pts WE - Le Bon Climat 2016

PINOT NOIR LA CUNA VINEYARD

Appellation: Santa Barbara County

Varietal: Pinot Noir

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90 pts WA - La Cuna 2016

PINOT NOIR PENCE RANCH

"POMMARD CLONE"
Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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94 pts WE - Pommard Clone 2017

94 pts WE - Pommard Clone 2016

92 pts WA - Pommard Clone 2016

92 pts Vinous - Pommard Clone 2013

PINOT NOIR PENCE RANCH "MT EDEN CLONE"
Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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94 pts WE - Mt Eden Clone 2016

93+ pts WA - Mt Eden Clone 2016

92 pts Vinous - Mt Eden Clone 2013

PINOT NOIR PENCE RANCH "CLONE 115"
Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley
Varietal: Pinot Noir

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93 pts WE - Clone 115 2017

93 pts WE - Clone 115 2016

92 pts WA - Clone 115 2016

PINOT NOIR PENCE RANCH "CLONE 828"
Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley
Varietal: Pinot Noir

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PINOT NOIR MELVILLE VINEYARD

Appellation: Sta. Rita Hills

Varietal: Pinot Noir

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PINOT NOIR "4 SOILS"

Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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PINOT NOIR PRESQU'ILE VINEYARD

Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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92 pts Vinous - Presqu'ile Vineyard 2013

SYRAH MY FRIEND MATT'S VINEYARD - AKA CLOVER CREEK

Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley

Varietal: Syrah
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91 pts WE - Clover Creek 2017

92 pts WE - Clover Creek 2016

91 pts Vinous - Clover Creek 2012

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Producer: Drake Whitcraft

Country: United-States
Region: California - Santa Barbara
Founded: 2007
Farming: Traditional
Website:  www.whitcraftwinery.com

When Drake Whitcraft took over the family winery in 2007 (the winery was founded two decades before, in 1985 by his parents, Chris and Kathleen) his goal was to make balanced Central Coast wine of purity, honesty, and finesse. Because he grew up within the culture of wine and California winemaking, he was perpetually under the tutelage of both father Chris and friend Burt Williams, founder of the legendary Williams-Selyem winery in Sonoma. During a two year stint in Australia working at Green Vineyards with first-generation Italo-Australian and biodynamic guru Sergio Carlei, he got a good taste of certain practices he wanted to implement, not only in the vineyard and winery but also on the business side. Now Drake is vinifying with the same old school techniques his dad used (hand-harvesting, foot-pressing etc, no added enzymes or coloration) and with much veneration to Mother Nature herself.

 

He uses some biodynamic practices to produce Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Grenache of distinction; he does not de-stem or add water. Drake has chosen to inoculate only with the Williams Selyem strain, a yeast native to the Jackass Hill portion of Lino Martinelli’s Zinfandel vineyard on the Russian River. “It’s a super yeast,” he says “guaranteed to ferment.” Whole cluster fermentation is never subject to pump over and the wines are not racked off the lees. He hand fills and hand corks each bottle. The wine receives just enough SO2 to stabilize it, and the production is super small.

 

The resulting wines are clean and impeccably balanced. They represent a cross section of the emerging class of site-specific wines coming out of Central Coast California today.

 

 

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