2014 Petit Verdot – Los Olivos District

Petit Verdot, perhaps the most misunderstood of the five Bordeaux varietals, likely predates the dominant Cabernet Sauvignon on the Left Bank of Gironde River. Its origins are obscure, with its first mention in literature on the Bordeaux region dating to the early eighteenth century, but it probably originated in points further south, in the Tarn Valley near the southwestern French city of Toulouse. It has fallen out of favor in Bordeaux, due in no small part to its tendency to ripen very late in the season, often after the first major winter rains. In California, meanwhile, Petit Verdot has found a favorable home where it easily ripens during the Indian Summers for which the state is known.

This wine bursts with aromas of plum and dried strawberry mingled with soft notes of cedar and rosewood. Red, yellow and dried plum flavors dominate highlighted by a mentholated herb de provence finish.

Steve Clifton-Winemaker

Retail price:

$34/bottle
$340/case
96 cases produced

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2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Vogelzang Vineyard

Aromas of fresh Meyer lemon and Provencal herbs rise out of the glass. The palate continues with a citrus freshness culminating in a lilthing Mandarin orange finish. Serve this with fresh shellfish dishes or simple summer vegetables.

Winemaker: Steve Clifton
95 cs produced

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$25 per bottle
$250 per case
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2017 Rosé de Merlot

The 2017 Rosé de Merlot was hand harvested from our lower lying Misty Vineyard where it reach a Brix of 22. The half- ton of fruit was gently crushed and allowed skin contact with the juice for 12 hours. The thicker skin Merlot provides a deeper Rose’ than that from Pinot Noir and Grenache. The resulting pleasant coral hue foretells the light raspberry and pomegranate essence on both the nose and the palate. Austere and mineral driven, this rose” begs for a summer picnic. Serve with fresh summer veggies, pate”, creamy cheese, and light summer fish dishes..

50 cases produced.

Winemaker – Steve Clifton

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$25/bottle
$275/case
$72.50/ 3 bottle pack

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2014 V3 Bordeaux Blend

Vintage 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown

2015-Cabernet-SauvignonThe Baehner Fournier Vineyards exudes alluring aromas of cedar, nutmeg and wild anise surrounded by a base of elegant dark berry fruit. Blueberry mingles with soft hints of forest floor and a lifting pine needle essence. The long supple tannins on the finish are reminiscent of a fine, dark fermented tea.

Steve Clifton Winemaker

Retail price:

$34/bottle
$340/case
60 cases produced
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baehner-fournierOur second Sunday morning appointment was with Dr. Bob Baehner and Vickie Fournier Baehner of Baehner Fournier Vineyards. It was a fairly short drive into the hills not far east of the town of Los Olivos. I had come across the Baehner Fournier wines several times at the old Ballard Inn tasting bar when our friend Barry Rossum ran it. The wines struck me as some of the best red Bordeaux-style blends I’d tried from Santa Barbara County, and I thought this would be a good time to visit and learn more about the vineyard and wines. We were joined again on this visit by John Tomasso as well as by Amy Dixon, who runs The Baker’s Table artisan bakery in Santa Ynez….

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2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Vogelzang Vineyard

baehner fournier 2013 SAUVIGNON BLANCMade from one row of grapevines at the Vogelzang Vineyard in the Happy Canyon region of Santa Barbara County, our Sauvignon Blanc benefits from custom farming and a close collaboration between vineyard manager and winemaker. Known for its warm to hot daytime temperatures and only slight maritime influence, the Vogelzang Vineyard tends to produce wines that reflect this warmth and typically feature creamy citrus and melon notes. Grapes harvested in the cold hours before dawn are pressed whole cluster directly to a small stainless steel tank to settle overnight. The clear juice is then transferred to neutral French Oak barrels to ferment naturally with its own yeast.  The wine is allowed to ferment and develop on its own for 6 months in neutral barrels and bottled in the spring to capture the purity of the fruit and all its energy.

Bright and brilliant in the glass, our 2016 Sauvignon Blanc displays a pleasing acidity and broader palate, characteristic of the vintage. The wine contains pleasant notes of vanilla, tropical fruit and a finish of baked apple.Steve Clifton

Winemaker: Steve Clifton
154 cs produced

Retail price:

$25 per bottle
$250 per case