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CellarTracker review: 2009 Rancho Sisquoc Sylvaner

Sylvaner is an ancient varietal of white wine grape originating from central eastern Europe and mostly fpund within Germany nowadays. Rancho Sisquoc, a family-owned winery located in the rural eastern end of the Santa Maria Valley in Santa Barbara County, is the only producer of Sylvaner in California. I picked up some honey and floral notes on the bouquet, nice aroma on this one. I got some apricot on the mid-palate and a slight bit of citrus on the finish.
A bit off-dry upfront, but let it linger a bit to enjoy the crispness as it develops, with the crunch of a green apple. Pick this up if you can find it, I picked mine up at the winery, which is one of my most-recommended wineries in Santa Barbara County…great off-the-beaten-path scenery and standout wines that won’t bust your budget.

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CellarTracker review: 2010 Qupe Marsanne

Lots of honey and melon on the nose. Peaches on the mid-palate and finishes with a lingering tartness. Light, refreshing, and fruit-forward. This is everything a white wine should be. Hopefully we’ll see more Marsanne from other producers in the future…in the meantime, there’s always Qupe.

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