SANTA RITA HILLS
From one of the most exciting regions in the modern wine world, Peake Ranch in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA is pure California dreaming.
Located on California’s Central coast in Santa Barbara County, the Sta. Rita Hills AVA is one of California’s coolest regions. The Pacific Ocean’s marine layer and afternoon ocean breezes traverse the coastal valley corridors creating the perfect environment for elegant, precise, complex Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays and home to one of the most exciting estates – Peake Ranch.
‘Peake Ranch has a wonderful history full of special people who roamed the land. We respect that legacy and plan to honor it in every way we can; from the way we grow our grapes, to the people they surround ourselves with and the hospitality they plan to extend.’
Created in 2012 by John and Gill Wagner, Peake Ranch has gone from strength to strength with their stunning wines in just a short time becoming one of Santa Barbara County’s leading names.
With 3 glorious vineyards to their name, John and Gill have created a dynamic operation
producing exceptional wines and huge accolades.
Home to the winery itself, Peake Ranch Vineyard is a gorgeous setting with a prestigious history.
Previously home to Sanford Winery, it was here that Robert Sanford and a few other legends developed what was to become Sta. Rita Hills AVA. This 105-acre parcel with 50 acres of vines all along a hill that covers most of the ranch, exposing the vines to the cool air that comes off the Pacific and into the Santa Ynez Valley. The combination of North, South, East and West facing slopes coupled with the exposure to varying degrees of the cool wind give the vineyard a diversity of fruit flavour profiles that is unique to a ranch of this size.
Sierra Madre Vineyard is located on the western side of the Santa Maria Valley and is the oldest vineyard planted in 1971. The cool summers, south facing hillside vines, and sandy well-drained soil has made this vineyard one of the most coveted sources of high-quality fruit, especially the Chardonnay.
John Sebastiano Vineyard is located on the eastern edge of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. The raised elevation of this vineyard exposes this spot to an extra dose of the winds that the appellation is famous for. Cool nights and constant wind make for grapes that show great concentration and lending themselves to the magic of the wines created.
The Wagner’s have a deep love and connection with the Santa Barbara wine country and are committed to achieving the ultimate expression of what the region can achieve.
Together with their dream team Wynne, Mike, Eric and Daisy, they have created some of the best wines around. From their Santa Barbara Chard and Pinot to the gorgeous vineyard designates, Grenache blend and Gruner Veltliner, Peake Ranch Wines are heading for the stars!
What to expect
Santa Rita Hills, California, 2021
100% Grüner Veltliner
The nose on this bottling is tightly wound, allowing delicate hints of melon rind, grass and lime to emerge. The palate holds that tightness as well, delivering brisk flavors of green grass and lime peel atop an energetic acidity.
Santa Barbara County Chardonnay, 2020
Straight-up gorgeous notes of ripe peach, caramelized apple, flower oil, brioche, and spice all emerge from the 2020 Chardonnay Santa Barbara County, a brilliantly textured, medium to full-bodied Chardonnay with terrific balance as well as length.
Peake Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay, 2019
Fruit forward by nature with hints of citrus, green papaya and pineapple skins, paired with a complementary undertone of minerality. An element of opulence is expressed with aromatics of toasted almonds, butterscotch and vanilla bean.
Sierra Madre Vineyard Chardonnay, 2020
Peach, honeyed pineapple, toasted spices and some brioche all emerge from the 2020 Chardonnay Sierra Madre Vineyard, another incredibly textured, opulent, yet balanced and seamless Chardonnay from this team. Floral and mineral accents linger on the close.
Sta. Rita Hills, Pinot Noir, 2020
100% Pinot Noir
Laced with crushed raspberry, mint, rose petal, cinnamon and blood orange. Gracious and light on its feet, with lovely palate presence and fine balance. Drink it over the next handful of years.
John Sebastiano Vineyard, Pinot Noir, 2020
100% Pinot Noir
Dark cherry, plum, cloves, lavender and orange peel. It has a touch more of a darker berry-fruited profile as well as beautiful notes of leafy herbs, underbrush, and damp flowers.
Peake Ranch Vineyard, Pinot Noir, 2020
100% Pinot Noir
Very expressive aromas on this wine with notes of bramble fruit, lavender, cherry blossom, pine, redwood, and creamy strawberry. The palate shows cranberry flavors, with bright acidity jumping upfront.
Bellis Noir Grenache/Syrah/Pinot Noir, 2020
52% Grenache/ 44% Syrah/ 4% Pinot Noir
The 2020 Bellis Noir opens with ripe strawberries and blueberries on the nose. A delightful expression of bold tannins and intricate notes of cocoa powder and almond surface on the palate and carry to the signature silky finish.