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Sunstone Reserve Club Newsletter – Summer 2024

Reserve Club

SUMMER 2024

RESERVE Club – SUMMER 2024 Release

Summer is in full swing at Sunstone, and our vineyard is basking in the warmth and light of the Santa Ynez sun.  As the season unfolds, the grapes continue to ripen on the vine in preparation for harvest in just a couple months, before ultimately being transformed into another award-winning Sunstone wine.

In the meantime, we invite you to continue celebrating Sunstone’s 30th anniversary with us, highlighted by a full calendar of member events over the next few weeks. From an elegant dinner to our annual summer market, and a one-on-one barrel tasting, there are plenty of reasons to visit. We look forward to raising a glass with you at these exclusive events!

  • July 26th: Wine Pairing Dinner at the Villa Tickets Still Available!
  • August 2nd: Member Pickup Party featuring Danny’s Tacos
  • August 2nd: Release of our 30th Anniversary Cuvee
  • August 2nd to 4th: 30th Anniversary Club Release Weekend
  • August 9th: Virtual Tasting With Our Winemaker
  • August 10th & 11th: Annual Summer Market
  • August 16th: Summer’s Night at Sunstone, Live Music
  • August 17th: Sunstone Villa Open House
  • August 31st & September 1st: Barrel Tasting in the Cave

 Your Summer Shipment

On to the details of your next wine shipment!  All Reserve Club members will receive the newly released 2022 Teddy’s Reserve as well as the 2021 Zephyr, which was rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast. Members that have chosen the Mixed option will also receive the 2021 SBC Chardonnay, a wine that’s perfect for cooling down in the summer heat. Members that have chosen the Reds Only option will receive another new release- the 91-point 2021 Syrah Reserve.

DON’T FORGET: With our new enhanced membership benefits, you now have the “Bottle Swap” option that lets you customize your shipment while still earning Rewards points that can be redeemed for discounts on future wine purchases.

Thank you again for your continued support.  Read below for more details on all the wines in your upcoming release. Cheers!

2021

Chardonnay, SBC

Retail: $35.00

Grape Blend and Source100% Chardonnay
Goodchild and Hill Top Ranch vineyards
Technical SpecsPH: 3.51
Acidity: 5.6 g/L
Alcohol: 14.5%
8 months in 25% new/75% neutral French oak
Case Production588
Tasting NotesFresh nose of lemon zest, lychee, melon and honeysuckle with vanilla, white pepper, and a subtle smokiness in the background. Mouth-watering acidity on the palate with pear, cinnamon stick, and yellow raisin character and an extra-long finish.
Winemaking NotesThe grapes for our 2021 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay were hand-harvested on October 10th, 2021, from Hill Top Ranch in Sta. Rita Hills and October 29th, 2021, from Goodchild Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley. Each lot of Chardonnay was fermented separately. They were whole cluster pressed and placed into a stainless-steel tank to settle for three days before the inoculation for fermentation of both lees and juice. Our Winemaker’s yeast of choice was CY3079 which enhances sensory notes of Citrus, Pineapple, Vanilla, Cedarwood, Honey, and Floral characters. On the 8th day, bacteria culture was added for the secondary fermentation as the fermentation ended on the 12th day. The two separate lots were then blended in December 2021 while aging in 25% new French & American Oak for 8 months before being bottled to 588 cases in June 2022.
Food PairingBaked Cod with Lemon
CellaringThe 2021 Chardonnay, SBC can be enjoyed now and for the next 12-18 months. It is not a candidate for long term aging.
Wine Bottle
2022

Teddy's

Retail: $70.00

Grape Blend and Source42% Syrah, 36% Grenache, 22% Carignan
Nolan Vineyard
Technical SpecsPH: 3.79
Acidity: 5.8 g/L
Alcohol: 14.8%
19 months in 30% new/70% neutral French oak
Tasting NotesAbundant red fruit aromas, including Bing cherries and raspberries, mesh with notes of espresso, cloves, and cedar, and purple floral undertones. On the palate, dark fruit character is front and center with blackberry, boysenberry, and dark cherries combining with dark chocolate and black tea leaves, leading to a lingering, spicy finish.
Winemaking NotesThe Teddy’s blend of Carignan, Syrah and Grenache mimics the blend style of the Languedoc and Roussillon regions of France's Rhone Valley. The Teddy’s Reserve grapes were harvested in mid-October 2022 from Nolan Vineyard in the Alisos Canyon AVA. Our team crushed each varietal together for a 15-day co-fermentation, pressed the wine and barreled down into American and French oak wine barrels to extract the oak tannin from the barrels into the wine during the aging process. Our winemaker’s yeast of choice was a combination of ICV-GRE which enhances sensory notes of tropical, cherry liquors, lavender, melon, fresh plum, dark berry, anise, spice, and floral essence to the characters of each varietal typical character for a more aromatic balance. The wine was sent through malolactic fermentation to reduce the malic acid sharp acidity. This wine shows an amazing velvety soft front attributing its earthy, fruit forward, floral and spice characters as it remains complex from start to finish. The wine aged in 30% New American/French Oak for 19 months before bottling April 2024.
Food PairingBraised Brisket with Plums, Star Anise, and Port
CellaringThe 2022 Teddy’s Reserve can be enjoyed now and for up to an additional 6-8 years if stored in proper conditions.
Wine Bottle
2021

Zephyr

Retail: $45.00

Grape Blend and Source 64% Malbec, 16% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc
Valley View Vineyard, Santa Ynez Vineyard, Great Oaks Vineyard, Spear Vineyard, and Coquelicot Vineyard
Technical SpecsPH: 3.75
Acidity: 5.3 g/L
Alcohol: 13.7%
22 months in 25% new/75% neutral French oak
Case Production640
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.
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.
Food PairingBraised Duck with Shallots, Porcini and three cheese polenta garnished with garlic butter melted over broccolini.
CellaringWith proper storage and care, the 2021 Zephyr will continue to develop and be enjoyable for 4-7 years. 
Wine Bottle
2021

Syrah Reserve

Retail: $45.00

Grape Blend and Source 100% Syrah
Coquelicot, Camp 4, Nolan Ranch, Valley View, Spear Vineyard
Technical SpecsPH: 3.63
Acidity: 5.5 g/L
Alcohol: 14.6%
23 months in 20% new/80% neutral French oak
Case Production828
Tasting NotesThis wine delights the senses with an inviting aroma of black cherry, ripe plum, black licorice, and a touch of cloves, complemented by notes of raspberry leather, cardamom, tobacco, peppercorn, and lavender. On the palate, it reveals a medley of flavors, including Bing cherry, boysenberry, redcurrant, and hints of anise, dark plum, espresso, cloves, and peppercorn, concluding with a refreshing blend of golden figs, rhubarb, and pomegranate.
Winemaking NotesGrapes for the 2021 Syrah Reserve come from five unique vineyard sites spanning three viticultural areas. Each fruit lot was hand-harvested and delivered to the winery to be gently de-stemmed and crushed for cold-soaking. After 3-4 days of cold soak each lot was inoculated for fermentation. Four separate yeast strains were used to ferment the five wine lots. Post alcoholic fermentation the wine was gently pressed off the skins and inoculated for malolactic fermentation. After malolactic fermentation the wine was racked clean and the final blend was assembled in March 2022. The blend was returned to barrel to aged in 20% new French oak for 23 months before being bottled in August 2023.
Food PairingCoffee Spiced Smoked Pork Butt with Rhubarb Cinnamon Red Lentil Curry
CellaringThe 2021 Syrah Reserve can be enjoyed now and for up to an additional 5-7 years if stored in proper conditions.
Wine Bottle

Important Dates

Last Day for Credit Card & Address Changes, and Bottle Swaps

July 22

Credit Cards are Charged

July 23

Club Orders Available for Pickup

August 2

Non-pickup orders Shipped out

August 5