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Casa Dumetz - in honor of what I have learned.

It all started in 2004 with a tiny patch of raw earth and a bucket of grapevines to make a dream come true. Ground. Grapes. Grit. The initial goal was to produce Pinot Noir from these grapevines. “The best laid plans....” In the process of digging in the dirt, we learned the true meaning of terroir and its absolute vital role in producing premium fruit. Casa Dumetz is what brought me here, to this place. Starting in 2017, the Casa Dumetz label will produce a singular Pinot Noir from a new vineyard site in the Sta. Rita Hills each vintage. Casa Dumetz is the overall umbrella for our three labels, which includes Clementine Carter and The Feminist Party. The Rhône varietals are now dedicated to our Clementine Carter label. Our principal multi-varietal blend is The Feminist Party GSM, highlighting our collaborative drive.

This estate was created in 2004 by Sonja Magdevski with the focus on Rhône varieties. She only produces a tiny amount of wine – most of which is sold through their tasting room in Los Alamos – the quality is certainly noteworthy.
— Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate.
 

Wines

 
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Casa Dumetz PINOT NOIR HAYES RANCH  

The Sta. Rita Hills is an ideal growing zone for Pinot Noir. Once you spend time here, you, too, will easily understand. Each year I hope to work with a new vineyard to produce a singular, vineyard designate wine representative of this stunning location. Hayes Ranch is off of Sweeney Canyon road, on the far western reaches of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA established in 2001. This vineyard is elevated on a southwest facing hillside, receiving plenty of sunshine and sometimes more cooling ocean breeze that we’d like. Lovingly farmed by John and his son Ivan Belfy, John is one of the main reasons I make wine in Santa Barbara wine country.

Sta. Rita Hills. 150 cases produced. $45 SOLD OUT.

The new vintage will be the Casa Dumetz Hilliard Bruce Calera clone 2018 released this October 2019. 100 cases produced.

 

Previous Vintages - sold out

 
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Grenache Thompson Vineyard 2015

93 pts. Wine Enthusiast
91 pts. Antonio Galloni

One of the oldest Grenache plantings in Santa Barbara County, Thompson Vineyard is own-rooted in loamy-clay soils with a gentle slope protecting this Grenache section from harsh elements.  $45

“The nose is a bit of a Baker’s chocolate with a hard raspberry candy. The palate entry is generous piquant red fruits; bright and supple at the same time in the core, finishing with a lively, textured red fruit.” 94 pts. PDWR

 
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Casa Dumetz Grenache Larner Vineyard 2015

93 pts. PDWR

This beautiful site at the southern tip of tiny Ballard Canyon is a sandy, cool performing vineyard farmed exquisitely under the watchful eye of Michael Larner.  $45 - SOLD OUT

“...a gorgeous, super-polished wine with lovely fruit presence and terrific overall balance. There is a level of delineation, precision and purity to the fruit here that is simply compelling. What an arrestingly beautiful and delicious wine this is!” 92 pts. Antonio Galloni.

 
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Casa Dumetz Grenache Tierra Alta Vineyard 2015

91 pts. Galloni

Tierra Alta is my first love in Santa Barbara County farmed from its inception by John Belfy of Buona Terra Farming.  John is the first farmer I ever met and I still continue a wonderful relationship with him in this same vineyard today.  This is at the northern elevated top of tiny Ballard Canyon with limestone and clay-loam soils planted on a steep, sunny slope.  $45

“...bold, ample and racy, with striking depth and textural resonance. The flavors are a bit darker and perhaps a bit more reflective of the vintage. This is one of the more overt, ripe wines in the range.” 91 pts. Antonio Galloni

 
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Casa Dumetz Grenache Flower + Vine Vineyard 2015

Flower + Vine (aka Alisos Vineyard) is a unique, all-sand, severe, windswept vineyard located along Alisos Canyon road.  I have a conflicting relationship with this site and the wine brings me back always wanting more.  $45

“One of the more expressive wines in this range, the 2015 Grenache Flower + Vine offers terrific immediacy. ...expressive varietal fruit, silky tannins and gorgeous overall balance. Readers will have a very hard time keeping their hands off this super-delicious and approachable Grenache.” 91 pts. Antonio Galloni

 
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Casa Dumetz GSM Santa Barbara County 2015

The 2015 vintage was unique in every way.  Stars were in alignment as rarely happens where the season allowed for even progressive ripening across appellations.  This allowed for me to harvest these different varietals on the same day and co-fermented all of the fruit from the beginning.  As a result, the blend was made in the vineyards.  The Grenache is from Tierra Alta and Thompson vineyards, Mourvèdre from Curtis and Syrah from White Hawk Vineyard.  250 cases produced.  A serious pleasure for everyone all the way around.    $38

 
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CASA DUMETZ GRENACHE JOHN SEBASTIANO 2015

50 cases produced: $45

"Casa Dumetz winemaker, Sonja Magdevski takes Grenache seriously and draws from several of Santa Barbara County's top vineyards in making small-lot versions intended to express the specifics of site. This one from John Sebastiano very much holds to the winery style in that it eschews extravagance in favor of control, and it smacks variously of red cherries, berries and plums with muted accents of spice and soil. While not a big, broad-shouldered wine, it is solidly structured and finishes with just enough tannic grip to make a convincing case for a further few years of cellaring. 91 pts" -Connoisseur's Guide

 

 

 

 
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Casa Dumetz Syrah Santa Ynez Valley 2014

This is the last single varietal Syrah I have made for Casa Dumetz. I love Syrah.  It is such a pleasure to farm and a sincere pleasure to make.  It has been a heartbreak for me to let go of Syrah for the time being.  (Unless something extraordinarily unique presents itself.  Any suggestions let me know.)  The devastatingly low yields in 2015 boosted a sea change in focus. Fruit in this blend is from White Hawk, Verna’s, Tierra Alta and Hampton Family Vineyard.  300 cases produced.  $35

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Vineyards

Wines born in premiere Santa Barbara County, California vineyards.

Santa Barbara is all about the ocean. From our soils to our climate we live and breathe the Pacific.  In wine country, its influence is even more pronounced as the sea tempers what would otherwise be an arid California landscape. We have three primary valleys in our coastal growing region that open wide directly toward the ocean welcoming foggy mornings, sunny days and windy afternoons.  We playfully call these valleys the Sideways Sirens as their unique east west orientation beckon these primal elements into a dance that elongate and enrich our bountiful growing season.  With such precious resources, winemakers in partnership with grape growers in Santa Barbara are gifted with perfect conditions in which to dedicate their craft.

I am fortunate enough that wonderful people have dedicated their resources to farming vineyards in the greatest growing region on earth. Of course, everyone around the world who grows grapes will say the same thing, and of course, everyone is right. Do believe the hype. That is why tasting wines from around the world provides such unique flavor experiences. These wines are supposed to be different. If you grew up in Beijing or Skopje or San Diego, you would express yourself in distinctive way. The intrigue is all in the details. From the soil, to people, to climate, to farming to winemaking choices - everything matters.