J.Wilkes Deal - $58.00
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While Napa gets the buzz and the latest rapper/race car driver/NBA player/Kardashian wanna-be buying up vineyards, down south in the Santa Maria Valley, some remarkably elegant wines are being crafted out of the limelight. Tectonic plates crashing into each other have created lateral valleys that run perpendicular to the coast. These funnel cool moist air through the valley creating a remarkable cool climate AVA despite being quite a ways south. I've been really impressed with these wines and we're happy to offer cru members a really special deal. Buying any of these at the vineyard runs $30 a bottle, wine.com the same. Luckily, some wineries and winemakers like what we are doing here at Bitto, supporting wines by smaller producers, ignoring the bogus ratings, encouraging guests to branch out, etc. To help us show what this valley can do and to help you get into these wines at the lowest possible price, they have provided this unique threesome for us to sell.
Wine #1 is the Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir. The lovely shows ripe red raspberry fruit, fresh cherry pie, clove and a light earthy, forest scent. Ample tannins add structure to the light acidity, giving palate-cleansing character that will improve almost any food that can be put on a plate or in a bowl.
Wine #2 is the Santa Maria Chardonnay bringing orange blossoms, warm baked apple and lime zest with some faint caramel. Beautiful lilting acidity, a little seabreeze and just a hint of tropical fruit with oak to support but not overwhelm. More like white burgundy than the pineapple juice and popcorn butter versions from further north.
Wine #4 is the Paso Robles Highlands Cabernet Sauvignon. Santa Maria is a bit cool for Cab to fully ripen so this fruit comes from the new Paso Highlands District AVA. Courageously crafted with the same old world bright acidity as the Santa Maria wines, this is food friendly balanced Cab with classic black currant, cassis, blackberry, mocha and warm oak and vanilla that are in harmony not shouting to be heard.