Pence Vineyards & Winery

Pence Vineyards & Winery is a 200 acre working ranch in Santa Barbara established by Blair Pence. He began planting in 2006 after researching the various terroirs on his property. As a result each of the 15 different blocks has clones chosen to best express the individual properties of that spot. The blocks (ranging in size from 1-4 acres) are comprised mostly of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Gamay. 

Respected vintner Sashi Moorman makes the wines and they reflect his penchant for producing elegant and balanced wines. Restrained but never austere these wines showcase his exemplary handling of Burgundian grapes to express the singular terroirs of California.

They use only native yeast fermentation for both the Pinot Noirs and the Chardonnays and minimal new oak treatments. The Pinot Noirs are fermented in four ton open top concrete tanks and they include a certain percentage of whole cluster- depending on what the vintage gives them. They are aged in 20% new French oak for 9-15 months. The Chardonnays are barrel fermented in 15% new French oak barrels ranging in size from 59-400 gallons. They don’t stir the lees and after complete malo-lactic fermentation, they remain in barrel for 9-12 months.

 

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB6074-16
Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills
2016
Chardonnay
Fermented in barrel (30% new), full malo and aged 9-15 months in barrels.
United States California

DB6074-15
Chardonnay Santa Barbara County
2015
Chardonnay
SOLD OUT. A field blend of six different clonal selections. The vines are north-facing, so they receive less sunlight, and are... Read More
United States California

DB6098-16
Organic
Chardonnay ROSA
2016
Chardonnay
SOLD OUT. This is the third bottling of ROSA. The vines are planted on a north-facing exposure (less sunlight), from a small 2.8... Read More
United States California

DB5171-18
Rosé of Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County
2018
Pinot Noir
BY SPECIAL ORDER ONLY. 100% Pinot Noir. Organically farmed, native-yeast fermented, whole-cluster pressed directly to tank and... Read More
United States California

DB6416-17
Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills
2017
Pinot Noir
Native yeast fermentation occurs in 4 ton concrete open-top fermenters; stem inclusion is done in varying percentages each year depending... Read More
United States California

DB6097-16
Organic
Pinot Noir UNUM
2016
Pinot Noir
SOLD OUT. From a 2.3 acre block on the Ranch that Sashi felt produced superior fruit. 100% native yeast fermentation. 20% whole-... Read More
United States California

DB6457-17
Organic
Passetoutgrains "PTG" Santa Rita Hills
2017
Gamay
SOLD OUT. 2/3 Gamay and 1/3 Pinot Noir, estate-grown on clay soils and farmed organically.  Fermented with native yeast; the Gamay... Read More
United States California

DB6073-15
Organic
Syrah "Sebastiano Vineyard" Santa Rita Hills
2015
Syrah
SOLD OUT.   Fermented entirely as whole-cluster in a 4 ton concrete fermenter and then aged for 2 years in a 581 gallon Foudre.... Read More
United States California