Kings Carey Semillon - Santa Rita Hills, CA 750mL

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Varietals: 100% Semillon

Lemon, lime zest, grapefruit on the nose, with a slight nuttiness. The palate is waxy lemon, green papaya, pear and green apple

James Sparks has enjoyed a rapid rise from tasting-room hand to becoming one of California’s most noted young winemakers. Raised in a Mormon household in Idaho, Sparks moved to Santa Barbara in 2009 and in 2013 became the winemaker for Liquid Farm, the third-wave Chardonnay darling. Sparks launched Kings Carey in 2017 with a focus on single-varietal, single vineyard bottlings. The Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara is one of California’s newest AVAs and sits at the east end of the Santa Ynez Valley. The grapes are from the Vozelgang Vineyard, which features large diurnal temperature swings due to morning fog and sunny afternoons. Hand-harvested and foot stomped, this is artisanal California winemaking at its most intimate.

Varietal Composition: 100% Semillon
Vineyard Region: Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, Vozelgang Vineyard (north facing)
Vine Age / Yields: 20 years old on average
Production Volume: 200cs total
Vineyard Characteristics: Gravely loam with patches of serpentine and chert cobble
Wine-Making / Vinification: Sustainably-farmed, native yeasts, early-morning hand-harvested, whole-cluster, foot stomped (8 hours before pressing off). Two week fermentation in 350 gallon stainless steel tanks, 5 months lees contact and aging in 225 liter neutral French oak barrels

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