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Pence Vineyard and Winery
1909 West Highway 246
Buellton, CA 93427
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Located on Highway 246, Pence Ranch is well known in the industry for using best growing practices. We are not the first to make this observation; the Ranch Manager for Pence has been featured on the label of another producer. The vineyard has been planted block by block to enhance specific flavor profiles in the wine. Pence ranch has sot after soil types like Tierra Linne and San Andreas Series making this location optimal for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This location hosts a rustic tasting area where you can visit with Rhodesian Ridgebacks and hear the call of wild peacocks, no pets please. Appointments are needed but worth it.
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  • 2014 Pence Estate Chardonnay
    It is this dichotomy that creates a beautiful Chardonnay that has both freshness and flavor akin to something more decadent like a mix of Meyer Lemon, Yuzu and Crème Brûlée. Brilliant, white-gold in color with aromas of citrus, white peach, saline and sage. Vibrant, exuberant, weighty and driven on the palate.
  • 2014 Pence Sebastiano Syrah
    Directly to our west is the beautiful Sebastiano vineyard, which was planted in 2007 and is farmed by Coastal Vineyard Care, one of our region’s top growers. At the highest elevation, there is a small planting of Syrah on clay-limestone soils, with a south-facing orientation, ,that is entirely exposed to 45 mph ocean winds. Syrah grown in a cold extreme place like this becomes very aromatic with purple flowers and briary fruit, black pepper and black olive nuances. These pretty aromatics are further accentuated because it is fermented entirely as whole-cluster in a 4 ton concrete fermenter and then aged for 2 years in a 581 gallon Foudre – none of which are common practices in the U.S. The results are serious with incredible complexity and yet the wine remains fresh and delicious on the palate with at least a decade of life ahead of it. Syrah is going through a renaissance in California and this wine is at the forefront of these efforts. 100% whole-cluster. 2 years in Foudre. 312 cases. 14.0% alcohol. Dark purple color with aromas of lavender potpourri, dark chocolate and fresh meat. Rich, sublime and savory on the palate.
  • 2014 Pence Unum, Estate Pn
    This is our second bottling of UNUM, sourced from our oldest vines encompassing only two acres of Dijonnaise Pinot Noir Clone 667. Planted in 2006, this block enjoys a beautiful south/sun-facing orientation on thick, dense clay, creating fruit that always over-achieves qualitatively. We attribute the wine’s luxuriousness and roundness to its denser/richer soils much like the way marbling in Wagyu steak increases the meat’s flavor and generosity versus less fatty and flavorful cuts of meat. The wine weighs more in the palate and is both broader and longer in its finish. This extra ‘architecture’ offers more concentration allowing the wine to be enjoyed now with more complex Pinot Noir friendly dishes while also assuring its age worthiness beyond five years. 16 months in 2new French oak. 1whole-cluster fermented. 322 cases. 13.alcohol. Bright red color with aromas of cranberry, red cherry, flower blossom and holiday spice. Serious, weighty, round and fresh on the palate.
  • 2016 Rosé
    Coming from our estate vineyards, which are organically farmed and on clay soils, is this beautiful salad and picnic wine. Harvested with Rosé in mind, this is saignée bleed of pinot noir that was fermented dry in stainless steel, then carefully racked clean to preserve its freshness and lightness, and then transferred to neutral wood for brief aging. Approached with a southern France Rosé style in-mind, this is a vibrant and delicious wine that will appeal to many fans looking for that perfect summer sipper.