Again this year, we are celebrating the holidays with a wine dinner for some of our close West Texas friends. And the wines will feature (of course!) another of our favorite Sta. Rita Hills vineyards, Cargasacchi.
You can catch a glimpse of the vineyard from Santa Rosa Road; but the best bet is to take Sweeney Road, just east of Lompoc, as far as you’re permitted to go. You can see with all the limestone and diatomaceous rock why a leading characteristic of this wonderful vineyard is its minerality.
For a taste of the Cargasacchi/Point Conception Wines, visit their tasting room—which they share with Loring Wine Company—right on hwy 246 in Buellton. It’s one of the most fun tasting rooms in Santa Barbara Country.
Tonight we’re going to drink four pinots from the 2011 vintage:
Peter Cargasacchi’s own pinot noir (from the winemaker’s notes: “The saturated purple hue is opaque with distinctive pinot noir perfume of red and purple berries and violets. In the mouth this is a luscious, richly textured wine that balances fruit, hints of soy, spice and tannin. Exhibiting layers of blackberry and small dark fruit flavors woven with firm, ripe, tannins for a fruit driven, persistent, mouthwatering finish.”)
Loring Wine Company (given a 94 score by Pinot Report)
Brewer-Clifton (check out this insightful video clip from Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton)
I thought I’d held onto a 2012 Siduri “Cargasacchi,” but it’s nowhere to be found. If a fifth bottle is needed, we’ll move to a 2012 Loring “Cargasacchi.” It’s being paired with my buddy Tod’s bolognese and pasta.