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2021 Elle's Vineyard


2021 Elle's Vineyard

Label: Whitcraft

Vintage: 2020

Fruit: Trousseau 

Region: Santa Barbara, California, USA

ABV: 12%


type A personality / winter run in your lungs / being your own secret admirer

“2021 Elle’s Vineyard Cuvée is dedicated to the best dog I have had or knew, Terra.” Damn. Words from Drake Whitcraft. A very sad story but the wine is so sweet, perhaps conjuring the painful duality of saying goodbye to something or someone you loved very much. The more grateful you are for the time together the more diffcult it is to say goodbye and let pass. This blend of mostly Trousseau with some Pinot Noir and Gamay is a bit fresh and funkier than the other offerings from Whitcraft, imagine cherry, cranberry and pomegranate muddled by an open fire, and fond memories of things passed on to the next plane.


The Whitcraft Winery story is as wholesome and apple pie-American (in the good way) as a Beach Boy's song. Chris and Kathleen Whitcraft started the winery in 198. As the host of a local wine radio show, they gradually gleaned tips and techniques from the best California winemakers, and now they have passed the farm on to their children Drake and Alyssa. Despite how gosh darned cute this all is, their website and branding is refreshingly straightforward and humble, while wine is all hot-dogging and grandstanding (in the good way.) Working with a few classic varietals (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Trousseau, Syrah and Grenache) with minimal intervention and regenerative viticulture, using electric power only when necessary, thier wines prove exactly what all the fuss is about when it comes to site specific terroir and the magic of California wine.


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