This white wine, our first, is a co-fermented blend of our three white grapes (hence the name), Grenache Blanc (42%), Vermentino (28%), and Riesling (24%). All three varieties are dry-farmed and head trained, just like all of the reds. The wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel, spending its last few months in neutral French oak. This wine is dry and crisp with racy acidity. On the nose one gets floral and citrus notes. On the palate, the Riesling really shows through, with peach and a bit of petrol and pronounced minerality. The acid provides a long finish to this wine. My go-to paring for this wine is oysters on the half shell, with the wine’s crisp acidity playing well against the brininess of the oyster.
2020 Estate Rose
Our latest release, the 2020 Rose, is a co-ferment of 57% Grenache and 43% Mourvedre. In a co-fermentation, both grape varieties are harvested at the same time and fermented together in the same tank. This is different than a blend, where the grape varieties are fermented separately and blended later. Co-fermentation allows the chemistries of the two grape varieties to evolve together and influence each other during fermentation. We believe this results in a wine of higher complexity. The wine is a proper Rose in that it was pressed after crush and fermented, not "bled" as a byproduct from red wine production.
Think tropical fruit with this wine, kiwi, pineapple, and banana. And our dry-farmed vineyard’s signature acid balance is there as well. So, this wine is fresh, crisp, and fruity but not a bit sweet. It would be a great partner for soft cheese, spicy Asian, Cuban, or Jamaican food. And would always make a nice wine for a picnic or concert. (56 cases)
2018 Estate Petite Sirah
Dark and delicious, it’s a tongue stainer! Purple plums and black cherries explode on the palate; full bodied, medium acids and soft tannins. Intense mid-palate fruit and very long finish. This wine easily can be cellared for five to ten years. While Petite Sirah makes a powerful, fruity, hardy, dense and often tannic wine, Loma Seca Petite Sirah also carries a great acid balance, a distinct characteristic of our vineyard. The limestone soil allows the wines to retain their natural acidity and still develop ripeness, resulting in a drinkable and food friendly wine which pairs perfectly with a wide variety of big dishes. Stews, braised and grilled meats are excellent food and wine matches for Petite Sirah. Short ribs, hamburgers and barbecue of all types served with Loma Seca Estate Petite Sirah makes for great combinations. 100% destemmed, aged in neutral oak for 18 months. (96 Cases)
2019 Petite Sirah
While just as dark and intense as the 2018 Petite Sirah, this is a very different animal. On the nose one gets dark fruit, but also a hint of cigar box and cedar. This carries through to the first impression on tasting along with white pepper and bramble notes. A medium body and soft tannins are balanced by a nice acidity, giving the wine a lift on the palate followed by a super long finish. Just like the 2018, this wine would compliment any tri-tip on the Santa Maria BBQ, as well as hearty fall fair of stews and soups. The spiciness and acidity of the wine could also be a nice play against Asian food, or I’m thinking a sautéed pork chop with a plum/red pepper reduction sauce. 100% destemmed, aged in neutral oak barrels for 18 months. Drinks well now but even better in five years. (150 cases)
Mourvèdre is most often encountered as a blend with Grenache and Syrah as found in Southern Rhone and Australian wines. However, when we tasted this Mourvèdre, we felt it really stood on its own. It’s a relatively light bodied wine, reminiscent of a good Pinot Noir. But don’t let the weight fool you, the first sip reveals a bounty of red fruit, with a hint of earthy mushroom and meat lingering in the background. The tannins are mild, and the wine has a nice crisp acidity. This is a great food wine, at home with any meat or stew dish. It would also pair well with cheese or a mushroom risotto. 100% destemmed, aged in neutral oak barrels for 18 months. (45 cases)
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon
A lovely version of a dry-farmed Adelaida District Cab. Just a hint of French oak on the nose, this wine opens with dark fruit, cassis, blackberries, and blueberries. Its medium bodied and has a good acid balance. It finishes with lingering fruit on the back of the tongue. While dry farming concentrates the flavors, one might think it also results in bigger, harsher tannins, but that’s just not the case. The tannins on this wine are ample to allow for good aging potential but are quite pleasant even at this early stage. It certainly can be enjoyed now and would go great with sharp cheeses, and red meat of any ilk. 100% destemmed, aged 18 months in 50% new French oak, 50% neutral oak barrels. (48 cases)