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It all started...

...in 2004 with a tiny patch of raw earth and a bucket of grapevines to make a dream come true. 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. With the 2017 vintage, Casa Dumetz will return to producing only Pinot Noir.

This estate was created in 2004 by Sonja Magdevski with the focus on Rhone 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 GRENACHE 2015 Santa Barbara County

A luscious co-fermented blend of five distinct vineyards creating a beautiful expression of Grenache from Santa Barbara wine country. Blueberry pie fruitiness, exotic spices, true maraschino cherries and dirt.  Grenache is a wine that is still forthcoming for many people even though it is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world.  We are catching up with stunning results.  My goal has been to find the perfect vineyards in which to grow Grenache in the perfect growing regions of Santa Barbara wine country – each vintage I get closer and closer!  $35

Santa Barbara County. 200 cases produced. 

REVIEWS

"The 2015 Grenache (Santa Barbara County), Casa Dumetz's appellation-level Grenache, is one of the more complete wines in the range, as it was last year. Light on its feet yet also enveloping, the 2015 possesses lovely radiance to match its supple, inviting personality. Drink it over the next handful of years. The Santa Barbara Grenache is a co-fermented blend of all the sites in the portfolio, with a core of Thompson and Tierra Alta fruit." Vinous - Antonio Galloni: 91pts.
"Pale ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Grenache offers up vibrant notions of raspberries, cherries, roses and baking spices. Medium-bodied, the palate reveals plenty of fresh and crunchy fruit with soft tannins, finishing perfumed with herbs and spice layers." Wine Advocate:  Lisa Perrotti-Brown:  91+ points
 
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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.

Tierra Alta, Thompson, Alisos, John Sebastiano, Larner, Kimsey, Spear, Hayes Ranch, Hilliard Bruce, Portico, Two Wolves, Curtis Estate, Santa Barbara Highlands, Martian and LeCerte are just a handful of the vineyards that are currently on offer.  As a tiny producer I have had the sincere privilege of working with almost all of the Grenache vineyards plantings in Santa Barbara County at some point in my wine career.  

Handcrafted, small-lot productions reflect our creative energies to deliver a pure wine experience with pure intention.  

We work exclusively with premiere Santa Barbara County Vineyards, with a focus on site expression.  Each single vineyard designate is created in the same precise manner.  Vineyard source is the primary distinguishing variable.