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Michael Dawson
 
March 24, 2019 | Michael Dawson

Vintage

Vintage has a profound influence on the expression of wine even making the same wine from two different years taste noticeably different.  Weather plays a key role including amount of sunshine, amount and timing of rain, wind, frost, hail, etc.  But insects (in particular yellow-jackets), squirrels, deer and other fauna play a huge role.  These factors influence each other and weave together to influence the overall Vintage and of course the enigmatic wine's express:  what the French call Terroir.

For the Seal Beach Winery portfolio I will give a quick synopsis of some recent years.

2018

What I remember the most were inconsistencies.  My Sangiovese from Estelle never ripened.  The Pinot Noir from the Sta. Rita Hills seemed to take a very long time to move from Veraison to ripeness (as measured by Sugar levels or BRIX) but at the end went very fast.  It rained toward the end of the growing season and many picked early.  The Cabernet was more normal in timing not being Harvested until mid-October.  And the Grenache came off last November 1st.  In Winemaking we have a saying that difficult grapes (stressed) make great wine; and, I believe this will be a very good vintage.

2017

This was the year that everything started to revert back to normal or pre-draught times.  It was a very standard year with a good winter rain and a little rain in the spring.  It was a cool spring with some wind.  There was lots of squirrel and insect damage.  The Yellow-Jackets were so bad in Tierra Alta with the Tempranillo that had trouble walking the rows for fear of being stung to death.  The squirrels at Estelle would run up one side of a row and strip it of grape clusters but spare the opposite site.  There berries looked beaten up and ugly that year and I remember doing a great deal of sorting to eliminate the raisons and damaged fruit.  But ugly grapes make fantastic wines.  My Cabernet Clone 337 on Block 8 in Estelle suffered Berry Shot (small inconsistent clusters of grapes) and we did not harvest it.  Good balance with tannin, alcohol and organoleptics are characteristic of this vintage.  Overall, it was a very good year for wines with excellent Reds.

2016

Wet, wet and wet was the motif for this year.  The rains came back and Harold the beginning of the end of the draught (it did not official end until the rains of 2018-2019).  Overall Harvest was bountiful and a little early.  It was warm in the summers to very hot.  Most reds were harvested in September.  I believe this will be an excellent year across the board for wine.

2015

This was a crazy year.  For me, the vintage most effected by the draught.  SBW yields were extremely small and everything was harvested on the early timeframe.  I remember the very small berries on the cluster especially with the Pinot Noir.  The Chardonnay at Harvest was golden with small raison like berries.  The whites and the Pinot came off early in late August.  The Harrison Clarke Syrahs were very early at first week in September.  Cabernet and Grenache was Mid September to beginning of October.  Last off was the Cabernet Clone 101 October 8, 2015.  These are very concentrated, tannic and superior wines.  The reds are amazing across the board.  Drink now if you must but these wines will hold up to decades of aging.

2014

Good year for yields with fruit forward and early drinking wines.  I think the tannin levels were very balanced yielding Cabernet and Pinot that is very drinkable early.  I taste through this year and I think these wines are delicious and a bit showy with some star potential.  I do not think these are wines that I would age because they are yummy right now; but I think the reds will hold up for a decade.  There was very little rain and the growing season was early with whites harvested in August, Pinot in early September and Cabernet in early October.  The Tempranillo from Tierra Alta was last off on October 7th, 2014.

2013

Although there was drought the crop levels were good to larger than normal.  I would sum up 2013 by saying the wines were good but not exceptional.  I did not think it was a bad year but no looking at how good 2015-2018 appear to be panning out makes me downgrade the overall vintage.

I thought it would be interesting to post the notes of a prominent viticulturist in Santa Ynez. Here's a brief synopsis of some past vintages from viticulturist Jeff Newton of Coastal Vineyard Care.  Jeff manages SBW vineyards:  Harrison-Clarke, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara Vineyard, McGinley Vineyard, Tommy Town, Flower & Vine (Los Alisos) and Boa Vista to name a few.

2012
The 2012 season was a long sunny year, with normal rainfall amounts during the winter months, minimal frost and mild wind during bloom-time. Warm temperatures starting in mid-July and continuing through early October helped ripen the plentiful crop load. This also made harvest for both winemakers and grape growers more intense as many varieties ripened very close together.

2011
The 2011 season was challenging for growers. The spring time began with a damaging freeze which lasted for multiple days. Later cool, windy, and rainy weather at bloom further reduce the crop. The spring and summer weather was mild, creating high mildew and botrytis pressure. The growing season included unseasonable light rain events throughout the spring, summer and fall months. With the exception of a couple of light rain events, the harvest season was warm.

2010
2010 proved to be the coolest season in memory marked by reduced vine growth, low yields and delayed ripening. Both the spring and summer were unseasonable cool with the exception of a significant heat spike in late September followed by early rains during harvest season.

2009
Drought continued for the third year in 2009 leading to both low vigor and low yields. The spring and summer were mild and cool but a late September heat spike pushed the sugars up. The harvest season was challenging due to the October rains which were followed by 90 degree weather.

2008
2008 was a tough year with less than 10 inches of rainfall and a late April freeze that contributed to low yields. Summer was mild with the exception of a late August heat spike. This heat spike lead to an early harvest which was marked by an early October freeze occurring before the completion of harvest.

2007
2007 began with below average rainfall and cold winter temperatures, which in turn lead to late budbreak. Bloom time was cool, followed by an unpredictable summer with multiple heat spikes. The weather created a long hang time and an extended harvest season.

2006
2006 was the second year in a string of wet winters. The spring bloom time period was wet and windy as well. The summer continued to be very mild creating a long growing season with a later than usual harvest.

2005
An especially wet winter created large canopies and a heavy crop load. The mild and cool spring was followed by a hot early summer and finally settled into cool late summer and fall season. This created a long maturing process for the grapes, allowing the pH and sugars to be balanced.

2004
The 2004 season began beautifully with a warm spring which was followed by a mild summer. However a significant heat wave in September accelerated ripening and lead to an early harvest. Early October rains posed a late harvest threat.

2003
Early budbreak marked the beginning of the 2003 season, followed by unseasonable spring rains during bloom which impacted fruit set. The light crop was pushed to early maturity by a significant heat spike in August.

2002
The 2002 season began with average winter rainfall and a cool early spring. The cool weather continued during bloom leading to poor fruit set. Summer and fall continued to be cool, creating a long mild growing season allowing the light crop to hang and develop slowly.

 

 

Time Posted: Mar 24, 2019 at 9:52 AM
Kati Stubblebine
 
November 26, 2017 | Kati Stubblebine

Double Gold For Our New Syrah!

 

 

 Natalie Grace Syrah, Clone Alban

Double Gold

Best of Class

 

 

 

We are thrilled to announce that our new release, the Natalie Grace Syrah, Clone Alban, has won double gold in the 2017 Harvest Challenge!

Our Natalie Grace Syrah, Clone Alban, is 100% Syrah, and was grown at the Harrison Clarke Vineyard in Ballard Canyon. 

Clone Alban is kept at a very low yield, and it's strict pruning and deficit irrigation makes it fruit forward with intense fruit characteristics. The fruit intensity is balanced with flavors of coffee, cola, black pepper, and cedar. 

The Natalie Grace distinction is one given by our winemaker to his best yields each year. We are proud of this wine, and thrilled that the judges of the 2017 Harvest Challenge awarded our wine the highest honors. 

Stop by the tasting room to try our Natalie Grace Syrah, Clone Alban and pick up a bottle. 

Time Posted: Nov 26, 2017 at 4:00 PM
Kati Stubblebine
 
October 5, 2017 | Kati Stubblebine

October 2017 Newsletter

 

Seal Beach Winery

Harvest Party
Saturday, October 14 1:00pm - 5:00pm

We will be hosting a Harvest Party to celebrate the release of our new 2014 Taylor Noelle Tempranillo from Tierra Alta Vineyard. Tickets are $25 and include five tastings, paella from Paella for all Occasions by Chef Billy Tompkins, chocolate from Lovesome Chocolates and access to a Tempranillo case special.

 

2014 Tempranillo, Tierra Alta Vineyard, Ballard Canyon

New Release

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 101, Estella Vineyard, Los Olivos District

This Tempranillo comes from Tierra Alta Vineyard, located on top of Ballard Canyon. 

Our Tempranillo leads with boysenberries, raspberries, and brown spices on the nose. The full-bodied mouthfeel features dark fruits with dried cherries, fig, and spice. The length brings in an earthy feel, with hints of plum jam, cedar, and tobacco. 

We are choosing to pair our Tempranillo with Paella for a brilliant eating experience, but it will pair wonderfully with any tomato based or spicy food. Stop by the winery to try our Tempranillo with a meat and cheese plate and enjoy it with our Campo de Montalban.
 

Cheese of the Month

Grana PadanoCampo de Montalban; Spain- cows', sheep's, and goats' milk

A semi-firm cheese from La Mancha, Spain, Campo de Montalban resembes a manchego. Manchego is a sheep's milk cheese, while Campo de Montalban is made with a three-milk blend. 

The cheese exhibits characteristics of all 3 milks, tasting rich and buttery with a perfectly balanced finish. 

Manchego and Tempranillo is a classic pairing, but we think this relative of manchego pairs even better with our Taylor Noelle Tempranillo. 

 

Upcoming Events

Harvest Party 
Saturday, October 14, 2017. 1:00pm-5:00pm 
Tickets are $25 and includes Paella for all Occasions by Chef Billy Tompkins, Chocolate from Lovesome Chocolate, 5 tastings, new wine release of our 2014 Taylor Noelle Tempranillo from Tierra Alta Vineyard, and access to a Tempranillo case special. 

Enthuiast Wine Club
The October Enthuiast Wine Club shipments are now ready for pick up. Shipments include:
2015 Chardonnay Los Alamos
2014 Pinot Noir Reserve Sta. Rita Hills
2011 Syrah Alisos Vineyard
2011 Grenache Alisos Vineyard

Halloween Weekend Special 
Friday, October 27 through Sunday, October 29
We will have a Halloween special all weekend long! Buy one full priced growler and get the second growler half off. 
 

Announcements   

Tasting Room Hours
The tasting room will be open until 9:00pm Wednesday-Saturday.

The Holidays Are Coming! 
The Holidays are fast approaching- Book your Holiday Party now at Seal Beach Winery!  

Weekday Specials 
Don't forget our Weekday Specials- $7 wine by the glass on Wednesday's, a complimentary glass of wine with any growler fill on Thursday's, and $5 Fridays-Buy a bottle of your favorite wine and get a glass of wine for $5.  We hope to see you soon!

 

 

Photo by Tony Hoffarth via Flickr

Tasting Room Closed

We will be closed on Saturday, October 14th from 1:00pm-6:00pm for our Harvest Party

 

 

 

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Time Posted: Oct 5, 2017 at 5:55 PM
Kati Stubblebine
 
October 5, 2017 | Kati Stubblebine

October 2017 Newsletter

Time Posted: Oct 5, 2017 at 5:55 PM
Kati Stubblebine
 
September 30, 2017 | Kati Stubblebine

Taylor Noelle Tempranillo Coming Soon!

Our Taylor Noelle Tempranillo will be released next month, and let me be the first to tell you it is wonderful. Before we get into the details of this specific bottle, a quick lesson on Tempranillo



Tempranillo, as you may have guessed it, is a grape of Spanish origin. It is a red grape variety known for making full-bodied wines. Tempranillo is a diminutive of temprano, or "early", because it ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes. 

Tempranillo is known for being a well balanced blend of fruity and earthy; and our Taylor Noelle Tempranillo is no exception. I cannot get over how well balanced this wine is. For people who are normally scared off by earthier wines, I urge you to not let that descriptor scare you. This wine packs plenty of fruit- cherries and figs without tasting overtly sweet or cloying. 

Perhaps a big selling point for this Tempranillo is how easy it is to pair with food. It will pair well with milder foods, but it also has the ability to compliment spicier foods wonderfully, which is why we will be serving it alongside Paella at our Harvest Party on October 14. 

I already have plans to bring a bottle of this Tempranillo to Thanksgiving dinner this year, as I think it is sure to be a hit with all red drinkers. You do not believe me? Try it for yourself! It will be debuting in the tasting room this October, and will be the star of the show at our Harvest Party. Not only will we be serving it alongside Paella from Paella For All Occasions by Chef Billy Tompkins and chocolate from Love Some Chocolate. Those who attend will also have access to a Tempranillo case special, so do not miss out- buy your ticket today! 

 

Time Posted: Sep 30, 2017 at 1:03 PM
Kati Stubblebine
 
August 23, 2017 | Kati Stubblebine

One Bottle (Or Bag) Is Never Enough

One bottle is never enough. Somehow this is a lesson I've yet to learn. 

I spent this past weekend camping with my boyfriend's family in Leo Carillo, up near Malibu. 

Here is a photo taken a short ways away from our campground: 



This is where I would post a photo of the growler bag full of Rosé of Grenache that I brought along. The problem? It was gone before I got a chance to take a picture.

I should have known. One 1.5 liter growler bag for 6 adults? No way. One bottle (or bag) is never enough, and leftover wine is never a problem. Needless to say I'll be bringing an army of growler bags with me on my next adventure. 

Have you taken our wine on any adventures lately? Let us know! Share your photos with us.  


 

 

 

 

Time Posted: Aug 23, 2017 at 5:58 PM
Kati Stubblebine
 
July 12, 2017 | Kati Stubblebine

A Gold and Silver for the Seal Beach Winery!

The tallies are in, and our wines are winners! 

The Orange County Wine Society awarded our 2013 Chardonnay a gold medal in this year's Commercial Wine Competition. Our 2012 Syrah also faired well, bringing home a silver medal. 

 

The competition, which is a part of the Orange County Fair, is in it's 41st year. The competition is accepted as California's finest and most meticulously judged California-only wine competition. 

We are so thrilled to have been awarded a gold and silver medal for our wines! This adds to the list of awards we've received, including recently having two wines on our menu awarded 93 points by Wine Enthusiast. 

You can purchase our Gold Medal Chardonnay herePurchase our 2012 Syrah here. 

Or, stop by the winery to taste our award winning wines today! 

Time Posted: Jul 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Kati Stubblebine
 
June 28, 2017 | Kati Stubblebine

July 2017 Newsletter

 

 

Seal Beach Winery

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 101, Estella Vineyard, Los Olivos DistrictNew Release

2016 Rosé of Grenache, Estelle Vineyard, Santa Barbara

Our last Rosé of Grenache was a hit, and we think this one is even better. 

A fruit forward rosé with hints of watermelon and strawberry, this wine is perfect served chilled with a Summer salad or our P'tit Basque. 

This is one of our kegged wines, so stop by to fill up your growler this July. 

You can learn more about our growler program here: Growler Program

 

Cheese of the Month

Grana PadanoP'tit Basque; France, sheep's milk

This sheep's milk cheese from France's Basque region is aged for a minimum of 70 days, during which it develops a basket-weave pattern similiar to that of Spain's Manchego cheese. P'tit Basque has a smooth, sweet flavor with a nutty finish, and pairs wonderfully with our fruit forward Rosé of Grenache. 

 

Events

Red White and Rosé, it's Independence Day! 
Tuesday, July 4, 2017. 12:00pm-4:00pm 

We will be OPEN on July 4th! Growlers will be buy one get the second 50% off all day, and stop by from 12:00pm-2:00pm for our Earlybird Special: 30% off growler fills of our new Rosé of Grenache. 

 

Announcements

Summer Hours are here!  
Through August 31, we will have special​ extended hours until 9:00pm on Wednesday's and Thursday's.    

Weekday Specials 
Don't forget our Weekday Specials- $7 wine by the glass on Wednesday's, a free glass of wine with any growler fill on Thursday's, and raffles on Fridays! 

 

                              

Photo by Tony Hoffarth via Flickr

Tasting Room Closed

We will be closed on Friday, July 21st, for a members only party. 

 

 

 

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Time Posted: Jun 28, 2017 at 5:43 PM
Michael Dawson
 
June 3, 2017 | Michael Dawson

Rosé is the Passion for Summer

What is Rosé and who do we get there?  Very good question which takes us down a road with many forks.  Rosé can be made very sweet, semi-sweet, dry, still, sparkling, from white grapes, from grey grapes and from red grapes.  They can be fresh stainless steel immediate same year release wines or aged for almost a decade in large Spanish Casks.

The Estelle Vineyard is in the new Los Olivos District AVA.  This region is in the warmer portions of Santa Ynez Valley.  The Bordeaux, Rhône and Italian varietals predominate.  Grenache from Estelle is intense with a ripe Brix and acid to balance out the wines.  The Rosé have a lighter pink color with notes of ripe strawberry, orange, watermelon and sometimes with a hint of allspice.

Time Posted: Jun 3, 2017 at 5:04 PM
Kati Stubblebine
 
May 18, 2017 | Kati Stubblebine

May 2017 Newsletter

Seal Beach Winery

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 101, Estella Vineyard, Los Olivos DistrictNew Release

2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Rio Vista Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills

Reminiscent of the Summer rosés of Sancerre. The scent of orange zest, watermelon and rose petals leads into a crisp fruit forward rosé with tastes of strawberries, watermelon and tart cherries.

A light blush of orange-pink color, this wine pairs well with just about anything. Try it with steaks off the BBQ, shellfish, or a creamy brie. 

Buy it here ->

 

Cheese of the Month

Grana PadanoDélice d'Argental; France, cow milk
This triple cream brie from Burgundy is made by hand from cow's milk. Its richness paired with its extremely smooth texture complements our Rosé of Pinot Noir beautifully. 

 

Events

Mother's Day Special

Sunday, May 14, 2017, 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Celebrate Mother's Day at the tasting room! Enjoy a glass of rosé for the special Mother's Day price of $6.00. 

 

Memorial Day Special
Friday, May 26, 2017, 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Stock up for your Memorial Day BBQ's. All growler fills are buy one get one 50% off.

 

 

 

The Spring Celebration on May 6th has been canceled. Look for a Summer Celebration event coming soon!

 

 

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Time Posted: May 18, 2017 at 10:27 AM