Visited wine ghetto in Lompoc, CA.
Moretti Wine, Palmina, Brewer-Clifton and Piedrasassi.
Tasted Moretti Bianchetto, vermentino and merlot.
Bianchetto is a casual, brisk but very well made reasonable white blend of arneis, malvasia bianca and tocai friulano.
Sweet on nose with peaches and white flowers but dry finish. Pleasant acidity.
It is nice by itself but also would be very well with chicken, fish and vegetable light dishes. Very pleasant summer wine.
Vermentino is one of my new found favorite. Originated in Sardinia in Italy.
Clean nose of citrus with medium-full body with crisp, dry finish. This also enjoyed by itself and enjoyable not only summer but also winter would be nice to have with turkey.
Merlot is very unlike Californian indeed.
A subtle nose of dark berries with dry finish and soft but adequate tannin. I really enjoyed this merlot. It is unfortunately hard to find good merlot in California. The potential of merlot is much higher than what it has been accepted in California. Hope this one will reach to people who has once disappointed with Californian merlot.
Jenny at Moretti recommended to try Palmina.
Kitty-corner from Moretti, Palmina designated to Italian varieties.
Tasted pinot grigio, malvasia bianca, rose, dolcetto, nebbiolo and sangiovese.
All were very well made and I would like to go back there to try more.
Brewer-Clifton was off of the ghetto, it was about few minutes drive away.
They are designated to pinot noir and chardonnay.
Their modern tasting room with winery was interesting. And wine was also very well done.
Returning to Piedrasassi / New Vineland Winery in ghetto, they have 5 wines to taste.
2 sauvignon blanc, 1 rose and 2 syrah.
One of sauvignon blanc was fermented sur lie. It had full flavor and was very interesting and pleasant.
They have bakery in the back to tasting room and the preparation was on going.
There are more wineries in this area, I need to go back to try others.
It was an very interesting concept of winery/wine making.
Small production/artisan wines are crafted mostly grapes grown in Santa Rita Hills AVA.
In the ghetto, there is a tasting room called Taste of Santa Rita Hills operated by Mr. Moretti who produces Moretti wines.
He has gathered other boutique wines in Santa Rita Hills to showcase the uniqueness and quality in his tasting room.
Representing Brewer-Clifton, Clos Pepe, Dolina, El Rey, Gypsy Canyon, Ken Brown, Kessler-Haak, Sea Smoke, Seagrape, Thorne and Walt. He pours for tasting several wines from the above producers with cheese, salami and bread.