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Ojai, Kick On Ranch Riesling Santa Barbara 2015
Kick On Ranch turns out to be an ideal spot for Riesling. Located in the Los Alamos Valley, one of the three east-west valleys of northern Santa Barbara County, and like Santa Maria Valley and western Santa Ynez Valley there are no mountains blocking the Pacific’s unrelentingly cool breezes. And this fact sets the stage for moderate temperatures during the summer months. Travel east in the same valleys and the ocean influence decreases and the temps jump up.
So Riesling at Kick On ripens slowly and is always one of the last vineyards we harvest each year. Sugar accumulation is slow and only in warm 2009 did we feel we had to harvest because of fears of it getting out of control. The vineyard is not much to look at, it grows on pure sand, dirty grey sand–the type I remember from going to the beach in Oxnard, California when I was a kid. But that’s good too, because sand is terribly poor in nutrients and the vines struggle and struggling vines make for good wine.
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