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Sunstone Club Newsletter- Summer 2023

Sunstone Club

Summer 2023

Summer is here!

Happy Summer! Since our last newsletter, there has been much to report on the vineyard front. From bud break to mid-June, the Sunstone vines have bloomed into flowers and clusters, and fruit set is well on its way. The vines have continued to vigorously prosper, as the vineyard team focuses on vine maintenance. The meticulous training of the leaves opens up space to allow air and sun in for optimal photosynthesis. The Santa Ynez riverbed along the west side of our property allows for additional wind drift and a gradual cool spell, which benefits the vines with a slower decrease in temperature, beginning in the late afternoon.

On the tasting room front, we are thrilled to introduce all our newly refurbished spaces with the addition of larger restrooms, more comfortable lounge seating and upgraded courtyards. Our team eagerly awaits your visit with us during this summer season, with chilled bottles in hand to keep you cool in the warm Santa Ynez weather.

On the to club wines! For this season’s release, we have specially selected a beautiful mix of reds and whites for you: 2022 Chardonnay, SRH, 2021 Zephyr, 2021 Five Eras, and finally, the 2021 Teddy’s for your August club. Please read on for tasting notes and winemaking information.

Wine Bottle

2022 Chardonnay, SRH

Retail: $35.00

Grape Blend and Source100% Chardonnay
Spear Vineyard & Hilltop Ranch Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills
Technical SpecsPH: 3.67
Acidity: 5.7 g/L
Alcohol: 13.6%
Case Production299
Winemaking NotesGrapes for our 2022 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay come from Spear Vineyard & Hill Top Ranch in the Sta. Rita Hills. Upon arrival to the winery, the grapes were whole-cluster pressed to gently release the juice from the skins. After three days of settling the juice was racked off lees and inoculated for fermentation using CY3079, which is known for accentuating stone fruit and floral aromas. Following primary fermentation the wine underwent malolactic fermentation as a single lot and was aged for a total of 9 months in neutral French oak before being bottled in June 2023.
About the VineyardsThe soils of the Sta. Rita Hills are notorious for their predominantly sandy composition and the abundance of diatomaceous earth. Both properties make this region a highly sought-after place for aromatic white varietals as well as Pinot Noir. The highest quality Chardonnay grapes in SBC come from this region.
Tasting NotesOn the nose this wine gives notes of lemon rind, apricots, and cedar. As the wine opens, a palate develops to include stone fruit, cloves, black licorice and white tea leaves.
Food PairingSeafood Risotto with chardonnay pan seared bay scallops, large shrimp, pea shoots, drizzle basil garlic lemon zest pesto, sprinkled with parmesan cheese.
Wine Bottle

2021 Teddy's

Retail: $75.00

Grape Blend and Source47% Carignan, 33% Syrah, 20% Grenache
Nolan Vineyard & Black Oak Vineyard, Alisos Canyon
Technical SpecsPH: 3.79
Acidity: 5.6 g/L
Alcohol: 14.9%
Case Production604
Winemaking NotesThis blend of Carignan, Syrah and Grenache mimics the style of the Corbiéres AOC of France in the Rhone Valley. Grapes for this blend were harvested at the same time from two separate vineyards situated next to each other in the Alisos Canyon AVA. Upon arrival to the winery, the grapes were de-stemmed and gently crushed to tank. After three days of cold soaking, the grapes were inoculated and co-fermented as one lot. After fermentation the wine was aged in 20% new French oak barrels for 22 months before being bottled in June 2023.
Tasting NotesThis captivating blend reveals an alluring aromatic medley of cloves, coriander, cedar and tobacco while red tea leaves and lavender add a delicate floral touch. On the palate notes of dark fruits like black cherries, plum, blackberries, cranberries, figs, and raspberries. The wine finishes with notes of espresso, black currant, hibiscus and jasmine.
Food PairingSlow cooked smoked habanero Bison served on homemade crispy Naan Bread (Pizza Style), accompanied by sides: Smoked black bean garlic humus, Greek tzatziki sauce, and Ezme Turkish Sauce.
Wine Bottle

2021 Zephyr

Retail: $45.00

Grape Blend and Source60% Malbec, 16% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc
Valley View Vineyard, Santa Ynez Vineyard, Great Oaks Vineyard, Spear Vineyard, and Coquelicot Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Rita Hills, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
Technical SpecsPH: 3.75
Acidity: 5.3 g/L
Alcohol: 13.7%
Case Production640
Winemaking NotesGrapes for the 2021 Zephyr red blend come from five separate vineyards spanning three AVAs across the Santa Ynez Valley. As each vineyard site reached optimal physiological ripeness during the months of September and October, the fruit was hand-harvested and delivered to the winery. Upon arrival the lots were destemmed, cold-soaked for three days and inoculated for fermentation. Post-fermentation the lots were gently pressed off their skins, settled and racked to barrel. In February 2022 our team rack each lot off lees, assembled the blend and returned the wine to barrel where it aged for a total of 22 months in 25% new French oak until bottling in June 2023.
Tasting NotesThis captivating wine delights with a complex array of aromas including roasted coffee bean, black tea leaves, jasmine, saffron and cocoa nibs. On the palate fruit flavors including black currants, figs, plum, watermelon, blackberry, and raspberry. Subtle herbal tones of sage and tobacco leaves blend with cacao nibs and citrus zest. Tangy pomegranate and ginger add complexity, alongside delicate hints of white tea leaves and a lingering essence of espresso.
Food PairingBraised Duck with Shallots, Porcini and three cheese polenta garnished with garlic butter melted over broccolini.
Wine Bottle

2021 Five Eras

Retail: $45.00

Grape Blend and Source53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Petit Verdot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec
Defiance Vineyard, Creston District, Paso Robles
Technical SpecsPH: 3.82
Acidity: 5.5 g/L
Alcohol: 14.7%
Case Production560
Winemaking NotesGrapes for our 2021 Five Eras Bordeaux-style blend come exclusively from the Defiance Vineyard in the Creston District of Paso Robles. This co-ferment was hand-harvested on October 11th and upon arrival to the winery was destemmed and gently crushed together to cold soak for three days. After a 16 day ferment the lot was gently pressed off its skins and left to settle before being racked to 20% new French oak barrels to age for a total of 22 months before being bottled in June 2023.
Tasting NotesThis intriguing wine offers captivating aromas of brandied cherries, blackberry, nutmeg, cloves, and black licorice. On the palate we find notes of coffee bean, raspberry and tobacco leaves and dried cranberries complemented by a subtle kick of habanero and peppercorn.
Food PairingMoroccan Braised Lamb Stew Red Curry with golden potatoes, fresh herbs, dried fruit, and garnish of Greek Yogurt with fresh mint and basil pesto drizzle.

Important Dates

Last Day to Update Credit Cards & Change Address

July 24

Credit Cards are Charged

July 25

Club Orders Available for Pickup

August 4

Non-pickup orders Shipped out

August 7