Los Alamos Hills - Santa Barbara County
The steep hillsides and south facing exposure of the Thompson Vineyard ensures complete ripeness and produces an amazing concentration, robust dark crimson color and equally rich flavors. The Thompson vineyard consists of 37 acres planted in Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Grenache, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, and Pinot Gris, but it is known primary for its Estrella Clone of Syrah.
The grapes from this vineyard produce chunky and fruit-driven wine in its youth and, with a few years in bottle, develops complex animal notes and subtle Indian spices. The level of viticulture (from Jeff Newton and team) is amazing with the soils depleted of nutrients and the vines rarely crop over 2.5 tons per acre even in the most robust of years. As one of our more "proven" vineyards, the easiest way to judge it is to try one of the compelling wines made from the vineyard from Vie or other prominent wineries including Bedford Thompson Winery, Ojai Vineyard, Jaffurs Wines, Tensley Wines, Copain Wine Cellars, and Sine Qua Non.
Thompson vineyard fruit is also used by Babcock Winery, Eberle Winery, Red Car Winery, Beckman Vineyards, Old Creek, Palmina Wines, Santa Barbara Winery, Sanguis, Gallo, and Siempre.
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