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vineyardsThink Tank® Wines are made exclusively from 100% organically grown grapes sourced from vineyards that practice sustainable agricultural methods. Our grape sources represent some of the very best vineyards in California and are cared for by growers with an extraordinary passion for their work.

 

 

La Encantada Vineyard

(Sta. Rita Hills AVA)

We are privileged to be making our first wine, a Pinot Noir, from the La Encantada Vineyard. La Encantada was planted in 2000 by none other than Richard Sanford, originally of Sanford & Benedict fame. Mr. Sanford was the first serious winegrower, and the first to plant Pinot Noir grapes, in Santa Barbara County back in 1970. He had the vision to plant a vineyard from scratch in an area that no one believed quality grapevines could grow, especially the finicky Pinot Noir. Due to the vision of Richard Sanford, the area is world-famous as the home to top producers such as Sea Smoke, Brewer-Clifton and Foxen to name but a few.

La Encantada vineyard was one of the first in Santa Barbara County to be certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). The vineyard employs only sustainable farming practices, which include mechanical weed control by plowing and hand hoeing, the planting of cover crops for weed abatement, and the use of beneficial insects and sticky tape for insect control. No chemical herbicides or pesticides are used.

Recognized as an official American Viticultural Area (AVA) in May of 2001, the Sta. Rita Hills AVA is a relatively small appellation of approximately 100 square miles. It extends from 4 miles west of Highway 101 (at Buellton) to about 2 miles east of Lompoc on both sides of the Santa Ynez River, and is bounded on the north by the south-facing slope of the Purisima Hills and on the south by the north-facing slopes of the Santa Rosa Hills.

This valley that runs east - west along the Santa Ynez River allows the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean to travel east, creating a long, cool growing season perfect for Pinot Noir grapes.

White Hawk Vineyard

(Santa Barbara County AVA)

Located northwest of Ballard Canyon, in cool, dry Cat Canyon near Los Alamos, steep, dry terrain, and pure sand soils make White Hawk Vineyard a most unusual site. The steep hillside vineyard feels like a desert. The anemic looking vines survive on drip irrigation.

The marine influence causes cool, early morning fogs to envelop the site before giving way to bright sun. The vineyard is planted at an elevation of 900 feet on pure sands that immediately drain off water and nutrients forcing the vines to work extra-hard to survive. White Hawk is custom-farmed using sustainable and primarily organic viticulture methods. The yields here are miniscule and the berries intense, making for super concentrated flavors within the fruit. Owned by Barry Henley, there are 35 acres of Syrah planted in 1997.

According to Kevin Merrill, White Hawk’s vineyard manager, the vineyard is irrigated by spoon-feeding water to the vines in order to keep things in balance. It is not easy in such an inhos- pitable environment. However, based upon the consistently excellent quality of fruit from White Hawk, they must be doing something right.

Sine Qua Non, Ojai and Dain Wines are other top producers who source their Syrah fruit from White Hawk. We are thrilled to be in the same company as these great wine brands.

Carriage Vineyards

(Paso Robles AVA)

vineyardsCarriage Vineyards is an active working vineyard and ranch located just south of Paso Robles and east of Templeton in the Templeton Gap. The vineyard is sustainably farmed by grower Larry Smyth and consists of 20,000 vines planted on 28 acres with varieties including Grenache, Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. About eighty percent of the vineyard is on hillside and hilltops with a north-to-south and northeast to southwest slopes. The vines are planted in a rich calcareous clay-lime siltstone, offering perfect conditions for these varietals.

The Grenache is on a steep, terraced slope that adds to the stress of the vines and therefore quality of the fruit. Every afternoon in the summer, winds pick up out of the west from the ocean delivering a cooling effect on the vineyard that leads to a long growing season.

A few of the renowned Central Coast wine brands having sourced grapes from Carriage Vineyards include Babcock Winery and Wild Horse Winery.