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October Newsletter, 2013

IT’S HARVEST TIME! We have many exciting happenings this time of year: concerts, parties, weddings and of course wine making! Check out our website at for information on events, new Wine Club enhancements, Villa Packages and more. With the Holidays just around the corner, and many of your favorite wines close to selling out, we are now taking pre-orders for holiday gift-giving. We are also now taking reservations for Holiday parties and Villa vacation packages. Please call our private events department at 805-688-9463 x234 Be sure to take a look at the new Wine Club enhancements. All options and levels can be viewed online under Club. We are always available to answer any questions you may have. Cheers, Club Sunstone


2012 Grenache Blanc, Santa Ynez Valley BACKGROUND: Grenache Blanc is the fourth most widely planted white grape in France. It produces rich, full wines with bright flavors and crisp acidity and is a key element in many Southern French white blends. It is also growing in popularity as a single-varietal wine, particularly in California’s Central Coast. As the name suggests, it is related to the more widely known Grenache Noir. Many grape varietals have both red and white variants; the best known is Pinot, which has Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris variations. Grenache Blanc, like Grenache Noir, is drought-resistant, vigorous and ripens fairly early in the harvest.

VINEYARD: Produced 100% from grapes sustainably grown at the Saarloos family’s El Camino Real vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley.

WINEMAKING: About 6.3 tons were lightly pressed as whole clusters producing 1,010 gallons. The resulting juice was settled for two nights, for natural clarification. After being racked from its solids, the juice was inoculated with a clean-fermenting (Rhone 4600) yeast and proceeded through a 12-day fermentation at moderate temperatures, peaking at 72-degrees Fahrenheit. Racked from its fermentation lees early on, shortly after the completion of fermentation, the resulting 959 gallons were aged in 65% stainless steel and 35% neutral French oak for 5 months. In March of 2013, the wine was cold stabilized, sterile filtered and bottled to 404 cases.

TASTING NOTES: Aromas of fresh white apricot, lychee, lime zest, and intense minerality are highlighted by subtle herbs and French oak aromas. This Grenache Blanc exhibits citrus, lime and white peach flavors, with balanced minerality. Medium bodied, this wine’s rich mouthfeel contradicts its dry, zesty finish.

CELLAR Best consumed in its youth to enjoy the freshness of the wine, our 2012 Grenache Blanc will develop some length and additional body with a year or two in bottle.

WINE CHEMISTRY: pH: 3.91, TA: 0.53, Residual Sugar: 0.3 g/L, Alcohol: 13.5%


2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Ynez Valley BACKGROUND: Despite its prominence, Cabernet Sauvignon is a relatively new variety, the product of a chance crossing between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc during the 17th century in southwestern France. Cabernet Sauvignon became internationally recognized through its prominence in Bordeaux where it is often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Its popularity is often attributed to its ease of cultivation—the grapes have thick skins and the vines are hardy and resistant to rot and frost—and to its consistent presentation of structure and flavors.

SOURCE The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, sustainably grown at the Coghlan Family estate located in Happy Canyon, in the Santa Ynez Valley; blended with 24% Merlot from 20-year old Sunstone Estate vines in Santa Ynez, organically grown (C.C.O.F.) since 1990.

WINEMAKING: Picked at high levels of ripeness, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were de-stemmed and gently crushed to small open top fermenters and, after a 3-day cold-soak, spent about 16 days on skins to best extract the intense flavors and aromas that these Bordeaux varietals produce. Separately aged for 34 months in 30% new French oak, 40% Neutral French Oak and 30% Neutral American oak barrels, the wines were blended together, gently filtered and bottled to 509 cases on October 9th, 2013.

TASTING NOTES: Bramble-berry, anise and black tea aromas are accentuated by wet earth, lipstick, dried herbs and cedar. Vibrant flavors of dark, spicy chocolate follow racy cranberry and dark cherry. A bold wine with excellent acidity, the wine is still youthful, but cellar ready.

CELLAR Although the wine is still quite young as demonstrated by the acidy, tannins and finish, this wine will continue to develop some length and additional balance and complexity within two to seven years (2020) in bottle.

WINE CHEMISTRY: pH: 3.67, TA: 0.64, Residual Sugar: 0.56 g/L, Alcohol: 14.7% PRICE: $50 � RE-ORDER PRICE: $35 CALL: 800-313-9463 � EMAIL: INFO@SUNSTONEWINERY.COM � WEB: SUNSTONEWINERY.COM

Food Pairing Ideas for this Month’s Releases 2012 GRENACHE BLANC, SANTA YNEZ VALLEY We recommend trying our 2012 Grenache Blanc with this delicious Preserved Lemon & Cantaloupe Salad on Cook the Story’s website:

“Let me tell you, they [preserved lemons] are probably the most exciting thing to enter my fridge in months. They have a sunshiny lemon flavor, of course, but with less sourness and with an added depth of briny saltiness that conjures up a family of lemons on a seaside holiday. That salty brininess reminded me of olives so I decided to first try them in a simple salad.” Read more here.

2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, SANTA YNEZ VALLEY We recommend pairing with this recipe for Chicken and Port with Figs by Food and Wine Magazine. This is a savory dish with a hint of sweetness perfect for Fall. The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is dry with hints of fresh herbs and cassis which pairs beautifully with the savory sweetness of the figs. “Dried

figs are poached in port to make a luscious Portuguese-inspired sauce. Ruby port provides the best color, but tawny will also taste good.” — by Food & Wine Magazine Read more here.


The Villa

THE SUNSTONE VILLA Originally conceived as a private home, the 8,500 square foot Villa now serves as an extension of the Sunstone Winery lifestyle by providing a culinary center to entertain guests. On a trip to France, Fred and Linda discovered reclamation yards containing architectural remains of buildings in towns and humble villages in various regions of France, including Marseille and Provence, from which the artifacts were incorporated into the Villa. Reclaimed materials, such as French limestone, hand-formed roof tiles, a fireplace from the Bordeaux region of France and a thousand-year old limestone kitchen sink were all incorporated into their dream building. Walking through the Villa is an opportunity to see and touch pieces of history. The Villa has five suites, each with private entrances and a view of the Santa Ynez mountains and Sunstone vineyards. Fred and Linda Rice designed and built a house from which to watch the four seasons that will become even more beautiful with age, a living piece of history. Click here to learn more about the Sunstone Villa.

YOUR WEDDING AT THE SUNSTONE VILLA Tucked on the edge of the Santa Ynez River, in the heart of Santa Barbara Wine country, Sunstone Vineyards, Winery and Villa is a beautiful event destination that greets your guests with the delicate fragrance of French lavender and rosemary. Reminiscent of wineries in the Provencal French countryside, the courtyard and architecture create the perfect backdrop for your special Wedding. As a small family owned and operated winery we book only a handful of weddings each year. Sunstone Winery also hosts events such as Rehearsal Dinners, Birthday and Anniversary parties, and Corporate dinners. Please refer to the Sunstone Private Events section of this website for the booking details as they differ from the Wedding requirements. If you would like to visit Sunstone Winery for a site inspection or discuss the details of your wedding, contact Annamarie Kostura at (800) 313-9463 ext. 234 or via email at



CRISP WHITES & ROSE 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, SYV 2011 Grenache Blanc, SYV 2012 Grenache Blanc, SYV 2012 Grenache Rose, SBC

MEDIUM BODIED, FRUIT FORWARD REDS 2010 Merlot Estate 2011 Merlot, SYV 2011 Syrah Reserve

DRY & EARTHY REDS 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Rapsodie du Soleil 2010 Cabernet Franc

BIG, BOLD & BEAUTIFUL REDS 2008 Merlot Reserve 2009 Merlot Estate 2008 Eros Estate

SWEET DESSERT WINES 2012 Malvasia Bianca, SBC 2006 Doce da Alma


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