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Michael Grace Wines

Michael Grace Wines We are pleased to introduce you to Michael Grace Wines, a small winery run by myself, Michael, and my wife, Grace – hence the name. We set out to create wines that are thoroughly enjoyable, flavorful but not overpowering, light on alcohol content, handmade and modestly priced. By doing most of the work ourselves, we believe we can remain true to producing a handcrafted, limitedly supplied wine that can be enjoyed during a casual meal or a special occasion. We specialize in the unique wines of the Southern Rhone area of France. Our first release, bottled in May 2004 was a 2001 Santa Barbara County Syrah. It was a huge success, winning a Silver Medal at the West Coast Wine Competition. Our wines were so well received that Michael Grace was the only wine poured at the 2004 American Film Institute (AFI) Film Festival in Los Angeles. Our newest releases include a bold 2003 Gold medal winning Syrah. Although our label is new, our winemaking is steeped in traditional techniques that have produced premium quality wines across the centuries. We ferment our wine in small 1/2 to 1 ton bins; remove seeds, and separate grape skins from free run juice. The skins are pressed and barreled separately then blended back in to attain the desired balance of tannins, color, and flavor. After 24 - 30 months of aging in French oak barrels, our wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered. Our winemaking philosophy is simple – Good grapes make good wine, and winemaking, like composing, whether music or art, is uniquely distinct from one composition to another. With an abundance of varietals, in distinct micro-climates and terrior in Santa Barbara County, the possibilities are nearly endless for crafting one of a kind wines that may be enjoyed upon release or cellared for future enjoyment. While Vintage years may see changes in varietal and/or style, quality is our primary objective. We are quite proud of all our wines and hope you will find them to be as enjoyable to drink as they were to make.


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2717 Aviation Way, Santa Maria, CA, US, 93455 Email:
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  Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles County
Our most popular wine! Aged for 24 months, 75% new French oak casks. Full of berry flavors complemented by flavors of vanilla coconut. Tannins are prominent, but then, we say, what is Cabernet without tannin?
  Chardonnay Rancho Santa Rosa
From Rancho Santa Rosa in the Santa Rita Hills Appellation, Santa Barbara County. Crisp fruit forward Chardonnay with pineapple, green apple, and pear notes. We decided to not allow malolactic fermentation. The result is a bold Chardonnay that expresses the terrior of the Santa Rita Hills area. Serve at +-60 F, refrigerator temperatures will mute fruitful expression of this wine.
  Grenache Barnwood Vineyard
Light red in appearance and color intensity. Scents of strawberry, raspberry, floral, green olive, black pepper on the nose. This is a medium body wine with soft mouth feel, red berry flavors and smooth tannins. Fruit forward wine of light to medium intensity; drink early.
Appearance: Deep purple-red color, medium deep red with magenta rim. Aroma: Strawberry, blackberry, slight hay, berry, berry jam, dried fruit, cassis. Taste: Light body, light to medium texture, black raspberry, cinnamon/pumpkin pie spices. Fruit forward wine of light to medium intensity. Youthful wine, drink soon.
  Mourvedre/Syrah Barnwood & Whitehawk Vineyards
Appearance: Purple-red with dark red magenta rim; deep blue/red. Aroma: Slight berry, sour cream, herbs, almonds, and fresh cherries, slightly smoky/fat. Taste: Medium-Full body, soft mouth feel, berry jam, almonds… smooth tannins. Fruit focused wine of medium intensity; enjoyable now or can lay down to age 3-5 years.
  Syrah Santa Barbara County
Aged for 30 months, 50% new French oaks. A smooth, silky wine, which is light on the fruit flavor with overtone of vanilla and spice. Winner – Silver Medal, 2004 West Coast Wine Competition.
  Syrah Santa Barbara County
A Syrah without oak, YES! The flavors of the fruit are simply too delightful by themselves. This has a unique lavender nose with a palette of complex berry flavors that finish long with silky tannins. Winner – Gold Medal, 2005 California Mid-State Fair. Winner – Silver Medal, 2005 Santa Barbara County Fair.


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