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CLEMENTINE CARTER...

She captured my heart the first time I saw her years ago with my dad watching My Darling Clementine and I have not been able to shake her since.  Yes, she is a fictional character, and she represents an archetype for determination and ingenuity across complicated landscapes.  Adjusting and transforming throughout life's journey.  Plus, her name rules. Sonja is great - I love it.  It is everything to me.  It is also nice that Clem gets to wear a new lens along her travels and I get to go along for the ride. 

Bloom where you live.

Clementine Carter has been a joy to explore, particularly in finding collaborative partners. Rachel Taylor, that tender, tough soul, drew the sketches freehand that appear throughout the label lineup. Alexandra Gibbs, that sweet child with the brilliant eye and easy smile took all photos for Clementine Carter. Andrew Harner, the designer who understands intention in just a few words, created the labels. Sonja Magdevski, proprietor, giant, winemaker, writer-girl who asks too many questions produced all the goods in the bottles. Enjoy.

 
 

Wines

 
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Clementine Carter GRENACHE ROSE 2017

Rosé is in the air and everyday, all day, all year long is an ideal time to enjoy this beautiful and versatile wine.  It zings with fresh botanicals, fragrant rose petals and just picked summer garden herbs. Two vineyards are co-fermented for this “intentional” rosé that delivers on every level for luscious and savory goodness.  A tiny secret ingredient of Grenache Blanc provides an added richness on the pallet that makes this a pleasure powerhouse.  Everyone will be happy with this in a glass.  I promise.  $32

Santa Barbara County 230 cases produces.

 
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Clementine Carter Grenache Blanc Kimsey 2017

100% Kimsey Vineyard Grenache Blanc in Ballard Canyon.  Fruit was destemmed and held on the skins for 5 day before being pressed into stainless steel drums and neutral oak barrels for a long and cool fermentation.  Just as luscious as its sister bottling Grenache Noir from the same vineyard.  Grenache Blanc is temperamental given the ideal conditions it is grown under: organically farmed in lovely clay, loamy soils, with a gentle west facing slope, plus intense fruit drop to let each cluster shine.  $36

50 cases produced.  SOLD OUT

 
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Clementine Carter Grenache Blanc BALLARD CANYON 2017

100% Kimsey Vineyard Grenache Blanc in Ballard Canyon.  Fruit was destemmed and held on the skins for 3 day before being pressed into stainless steel drums and neutral oak barrels for a long and cool fermentation.  Just as luscious as its sister bottling Grenache Noir from the same vineyard.  This Grenache Blanc is temperamental given the ideal conditions it is grown under: organically farmed in lovely clay, loamy soils, with a gentle west facing slope, with extreme fruit selection to let each cluster shine.    $36

50 cases produced.  SOLD OUT

 
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Clementine Carter Grenache Sta. Rita Hills 2016       

92 pts. Wine Advocate

A blend of two vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills: Spear and John Sebastiano.  Spear is a relatively new site in the SRH farmed organically by Ofer Shepher.  John Sebastiano is an imposing vineyard composed of dozens of different blocks, soil types and aspects.  The Grenache in this blend is from the tippy top of the site, on an east facing extreme slope, in flinty-clay soils.  The SRH region is equally as expressive for Grenache as it is for its acclaimed Pinot Noir, revealing deep minerality and finesse.  $38

150 cases produced.

"The 2016 Sta. Rita Hills Grenache from Celmentine Carter is a delicate, translucent ruby in hue, not much more saturated than a deep rosé. The wine soars from the glass with an extravagantly fragrant bouquet of rose water and raspberries, followed by a supple, satiny palate endowed with beautifully pure fruit and fragrance. As its pale color indicates, this is a wine that makes no concessions to convention— but it's a beautiful expression of Grenache.  92 pts." - William Kelley

 

 
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Clementine Carter Grenache Santa Barbara County 2016   

91 pts. Wine Advocate                                                                                                                            90 pts. Wine Spectator

A blend of 6 vineyards that speaks directly to the beauty and bounty of our overall growing area.  This wine delivers a plush, round, palate-pleasing wine represented by Larner, John Sebastiano, Spear, Tierra Alta, Kimsey + Santa Barbara Highlands vineyards.  Each lot was fermented separately with 1/3 whole cluster fermentation.  $38

150 cases produced.

"The 2016 Santa Barbara County Grenache offers up a textbook bouquet of rose petal, spice, Griotte cherry and white pepper. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, supple and elegant, finishing with light grip, its ample core of fruit sweet but not candied. This is an excellent Grenache.  91 pts." - William Kelley

"Silky and sleek, with lively raspberry, smoked pepper and sweet anise flavors that linger. Drink now through 2023. 90 pts." Wine Spectator

 
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Clementine Carter Grenache Santa Barbara Highlands 2016 SBC

91+ pts. Wine Advocate

Santa Barbara Highlands is a distinctive vineyard located in a remote wispy corner of Santa Barbara County in New Cuyama.  Surrounded by pistachio orchards accessible by a clumsy dirt road, Lino Bozzano farms this site with a magical touch few can accomplish considering the array of varietals, farming methods and producers he accommodates.  This site delivers on its eccentricity.  $45

100 cases produced.

"The 2016 Santa Barbara Highlands Grenache wafts from the glass with lovely aromas of plum, cherry, rose hip and herbs. On the palate, the wine is very expansive, open-knit and transparent —but then some firm stem tannins clamp down on the gums. With a year or two in the cellar this should mellow very nicely, but for now it's one of the more structurally rustic bottlings in the range.  91+ pts." - William Kelley

 

 
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Clementine Carter Grenache Kimsey 2016 Ballard Canyon  

93+ pts. Wine Advocate

A dear winemaking friend of mine whom I respect immensely suggested I work with Kimsey vineyard.  “It’s the best I’ve seen,” he said. After years of asking, I jumped at the chance in 2016 when given the opportunity.  I have no intention of giving it up. This site is the epitome of luscious and savory, caressing the palate with eye opening fruit. Organically farmed.  $45

100 cases produced.  SOLD OUT

"The 2016 Kimsey Vineyard Grenache wafts from the glass with a lovely nose of raspberry, cherries, spice, rose petal and orange rind. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied with an ample core of ripe fruit that avoids any confectionery excess, good depth and concentration and a long, chewy finish that will need a little time to soften. This is an impressively fragrant, characterful Grenache.  93+ pts."
- William Kelley  

 

 
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Clementine Carter Grenache Larner 2016 Ballard Canyon

Larner vineyard in Ballard Canyon represents excellence in all aspects of farming, family and attention to every detail.  A few years ago during harvest I took a photo of the vineyard while checking fruit and the next day Michael Larner asked, “How’s the fruit looking?” He is aware of every square inch of his property.  The soils are all sand on a protected gentle slope. The fruit is consistently a delight to work with year after year, a true benchmark that creates a wine of piercing identity.  Organically farmed.  $45

100 cases produced.

 
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Clementine Carter Mourvèdre Curtis Vineyard 2016 Santa Ynez Valley

91 pts. Wine Advocate

Planted originally by the Firestone family on a protected mesa on loam soils, this stretch of the Santa Ynez Valley is where many of the original wine estates were established in our area.  This Mourvèdre is consistently plush and rich, a sincere product of it sun-loving location.  $45

100 cases produced.

"The 2016 Curtis Vineyard Mourvèdre from Clementine Carter reveals a deep bouquet of cherry, strawberry preserve and aromatic bark. On the palate, this is richer and more textural, with more mid-palate density, than the Grenache bottlings, but it shares their elegant aesthetic   91 pts." - William Kelley

 

 
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Clementine Carter CIDER +

 
I am fascinated by the transparent nature of cider and it ability to carry its partner fruit while also elevating its status.  My goal is to pair cider with a new wine varietal each year (and fancy the results)! It’s a new discovery each vintage. Won’t you join us?
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Clementine Carter Mourvedrè Cider 2017

Love potion in a bottle.  You have never had anything like it.  The Mourvedrè from Curtis was destemmed whole berry with the equivalent volume of fresh pressed organic apple juice added for a 50/50 blend.  A Jolly Rancher explosion of flavor and fun.  Serve chilled for most the gratifying results.  Will pair with everything from pizza to filet mignon - even grilled artichokes with homemade aioli and sautéed fennel with shaved parmesan – foods that are notoriously difficult to pair wine with.  Try our delicious Sangria recipe, as well! $32

 

Central Coast.  100 cases produced. 

 
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This Rosé Cider is our third wine cider conferment.  The Grenache is from Tierra Alta Vineyard and Aptos cider blended and cofermented in neutral French oak barrels.  Aged for 6 months before keg conditioning. A beautiful pink hue flows into the glass and people are mesmerized. Available only in one-way 20L kegs.  SOLD OUT

 

 
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Clementine Carter Skin Ferment Semillon          

Old-Vine Semillon from Santa Ynez was destemmed and fermented on the skins for 30 days in a very cold environment, stirred once daily, then pressed into neutral French oak barrels.  Wine was aged for 10 months before bottle conditioning and bottling by hand. Available in 500 ml bottles.  SOLD OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Clementine Carter Semillon Cider        2015               

50% organic Aptos cider was co-fermented with 50% old vine Semillon in neutral French oak barrels.  Produced like wine. Aged 10 months before bottle conditioning.

Available in 500 ml bottles and 20L one-way recyclable kegs.

Grenache Blanc Cider 2014

Grenache Blanc Cider - 50/50 co ferment with Grenache Blanc and Cider in neutral French oak barrels.  Still cider. 

Saison Cider 2014

100% pure cider barrel fermented in oak barrels using saison yeast.  The beer makers were skeptical.  We knew better.  It's delightful.  Bottle conditioned. 

Fejoia cider  2014

Fejoia fruit was crushed and added directly to barrel for fermentation with the cider.  An aromatic wonder this thing - bottle conditioned, too. 

SKIN FERMENT cider  2014

Apple pulp from our pressed apples were and added directly to barrel for fermentation with the cider for a double-apple experience.  Bottle conditioned. 

 

 

Clementine Carter GRÜNER VELTLINER Cider available Spring 2019