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Babcock Winery & Vineyard
5175 East Highway CA-246
Lompoc, CA 93436
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  • Monday
    10:30 am-5:00 pm
  • Tuesday
    10:30 am-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday
    10:30 am-5:00 pm
  • Thursday
    10:30 am-5:00 pm
  • Friday
    10:30 am-5:00 pm
  • Saturday
    10:30 am-5:00 pm
  • Sunday
    10:30 am-5:00 pm
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Located on Highway 246 in Santa Rita Hills, Babcock Winery has been making highly acclaimed estate wines for over 30 years. Recently Brain Babcock has gained attention for his revolutionary approach to canopy management. This approach has been applied to the 65 acre estate that includes Point Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. The Babcock tasting room has an open floor plan with cubby spaces that create private tasting areas for groups. This location also has a pool table, vinyl for play (and sale), board games and patio seating outside. The shabby chic décor is transported outside during large events and concerts. Enjoy wines by the glass or a tasting flight for $15. Babcock Wines are also featured at the Santa Barbara Wine collective in the Funk Zone.
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For your Wine Adventure:
  • Sta. Rita Hills AVA
    Sta. Rita Hills AVA
  • Wine Maker
    Wine Maker
    Bryan Babcock
  • PetsDog Friendly
  • Outdoor SeatingOutdoor Seating: 45
  • Indoor SeatingIndoor Seating: 45
  • Backroads Red Blend Edition 3
  • Bright Fortune Cabernet Franc
  • 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon "Block 15"
  • 2015 Chardonnay
  • 2015 Chardonnay "Top Cream"
    My recommendation is to be patient and give the wine at least another 6 months in the bottle so that its tapioca pudding and mineral nose can fully meld with its succulent, creamy flavor.
  • 2014 Late Harvest Pinot Gris "Naughty Little Nectar" 500Ml
    Musky Bosc pear, dried basil and anise lift out of the nose. On the palate, the whopping 11 Brix (roughly 11%) sweetness is impeccably balanced by the acidity, leaving one to wonder if the residual sugar is really that high. It tastes more like 3% or 4%. The dance between sweetness and acidity is long, and for a late harvest wine, the whole thing seems almost slender, making it comparable to a tightly wound French Selection de Grains Nobles from Alsace. It's visually and aromatically surprising, impeccably balanced, and a bit hedonistic at the same time.
  • 2015 Pinot Gris "Naughty Little Hillsides"
    Vivid salt water taffy - peach fruit in the nose. On the pallet, sooo much richness. The finish, which lingers on your tongue forever, tastes almost like an almondy angel food cake.
  • 2014 Pinot Noir
    The nose shows dark cherries with an array of spices. The mouth is weighty with long flavors that follow suit. It's perfect for pairing with a wide variety of foods.
  • 2013 Pinot Noir
    After it's open for a while, the oak comes together with the fruit, creating a nice mocha quality, and the mouth feel turns plush with a succulent viscosity.
  • 2014 Pinot Noir "Déjà Vu"
    Earth, cinnamon, forest floor, clove, and violets as it opens up; that's the kind of stuff that's in there with the customary cherry, raspberry Pinot fruit. And that's the kind of stuff that makes the Déjà vu section of the Bentrock Vineyard so special. This cuvee is more on the feminine side of the spectrum compared to Radical and Appellation's Edge, making it absolutely perfect for serving with fowl and pork.
  • 2013 Pinot Noir "Grapehunters"
    Bright cherry fruit in a soft delivery to the palate will make it easy for you to connect with this delicious, community-minded wine.
  • 2014 Pinot Noir "Psi Clone"
    My 2014 Psi Clone Pinot Noir sports an absolutely classic nose; dried rose petal, cherries, and gobs of that foresty earthiness that I call the "Highway 246 Garrigue". The mouth: mocha on the entry followed by creamy cherry and beautifully placed tannins.
  • 2015 Pinot Noir "Radical"
  • 2015 Pinot Noir "Slice Of Heaven"
    Now as I smell this 2015 effort, the dominant characteristic is fruit. It's like cherry-raspberry fruit roll with a clove, allspice dough baked into the middle.
  • 2015 Sauvignon Blanc
    Insane hard green apple candy, cherimoya, and wet stream bed minerality in the nose, with flavors that follow suit as they relentlessly dig their way through the wine's luxurious texture to attack your palate. One again, this is a BIG Sauvignon Blanc. What's interesting is that as petty and pure as the fruit is, there is still something about it that screams Sauvignon.
  • 2015 Sauvignon Blanc "Simpatico"
    Currently the formula includes lots of direct sun on the fruit, two yeast in the primary fermentations, a stylistic interpretation that is like Top Cream; barrel and malolactic fermentations and bottling without filtration so as to capture all the nuances.
  • 2013 Syrah "Upper Crust"