Rincon Cellars Wine
The Radiated Tortoise creating the Merlot wine label
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2016 Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
Santa Barbara’s Sta. Rita Hills appellation is located at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley. The Pacific Ocean’s marine layer and afternoon ocean breezes traverse the coastal valley corridors between the Purisima Hills and the Santa Rosa Hills, creating the perfect environment for growing Chardonnay. We aged this wine for 10 months sur lie in 66% new French oak barriques from and François Frères, Ermitage and Quintessence. This wine is aromatically complex with slight tropical fruits and layers of butter, toast and cream. It delivers a balanced approach between fruit and minerality. There is an earthiness along with white pear, a "bready" texture and high-toned nerviness. It is rich and expansive with good acidity and a long finish.
The Zoo’s Chilean flamingo flock continues to grow—the old-fashioned way. In 2012, a record 15 chicks hatched, and five more hatched in 2013. The pink color of a Chilean flamingo’s feathers comes from nutrients in its food, which includes shrimp, plankton, algae, and crustaceans. Flamingos Collette and Felix created the artwork for this wine bottle’s label.
2013 Merlot, Central Coast
This blend of Merlot with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Syrah and 2.5% Grenache makes the perfect wine for the table. Merlot is an amazingly food-friendly wine. It's silky elegance, however, can be overwhelmed by strong food flavors and spices. It pairs very well with salmon, duck, lamb, pork, veal, chicken, turkey and mushrooms, especially in lighter, grilled or roasted dishes. The color is a velvet Maroon with aromas of cherry wood, sage and cassis. It exhibits notes of fresh leather and has a very pleasant nose. Dry, finely integrated tannins fill the palate along with dark fruit, plum pit and a balanced acid profile. This is a dry wine with texture, low tone fruit and a lasting finish. It is fruity, delicious and an easy drinker.
Tortoises are the longest-living land animals in the world, and the Zoo is home to five different species. They spend their days feeding on grasses, digging in the vegetation, and soaking up the warm sun. Fun fact: a tortoise is a turtle, but a turtle isn't a tortoise. One of the Santa Barbara Zoo's Radiated tortoises created the artwork for this wine bottle's label.
2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc is crafted from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown on the rolling hills of the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA at McGinley Vineyard, Grassini Vineyard, Star Lane Vineyard and Happy Canyon Vineyard. The component wines are racked one time after fermentation is complete and stored in stainless steel tanks (80%) and neutral barrels (20%) for 9 months, during which the fine lees are stirred. Overall, the wine has balanced acidity, low alcohols, precious tannins and is concentrated and intense. It is a flinty, savory Sauvignon Blanc richly textured with gooseberry aromas, bracing acidity, and minerality.
Amur leopards are the most highly endangered big cats on the planet, period. The good news: a reintroduction program targets pairs of breeding Amur leopards from zoos (like the Santa Barbara Zoo’s Ajax and Wyatt) for eventual relocation to Russia, in hopes that the wild population will increase. Big cats Ajax and Wyatt created the stunning artwork you see on this wine bottle's label.
2015 Pinot Noir, La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
Located seven miles from the ocean, La Encantada Vineyard is one of the westernmost vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills and is one of the coolest sites in the region. La Encantada is one of the first certified organic vineyards in Santa Barbara Country. The vineyard is planted on a ridge which straddles the Santa Ynez River Valley and is open to the full impact of the cooling afternoon maritime breezes. This wine is a classic example of Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir that is sought out by Pinot Noir lovers everywhere. Full rich heady aromas of plum pit fruit, forest floor, cranberries, mushrooms, wet leaves, and, yes, the lovely brioche flavors of French oak barrels.
Asian small-clawed otters are the smallest otter species in the world, measuring about 2 feet long and weighing less than 10 pounds. The Zoo's otters, Peeta and Gail, are given enrichment daily to keep them active, challenged and stimulated by their environment, which sometimes results in lovely art like the painting on this wine bottle's label.