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Blackjack Ranch Winery

Blackjack Ranch Winery Proprietor Roger Wisted checking sugar levels for the chardonnay harvest Blackjack Ranch is the product of 30 years of imagination and preparation. At the age of 14, I began studying the wines and winemaking of France and California. Two years later, I was fermenting small batches of wine in the produce section of my parent’s grocery store. By 17, I was collecting the wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy. Passion for all aspects of wine enabled me to envision the character of the wines I eventually intended to produce. In 1990, I invented and introduced a casino card game called “California Blackjack” in Los Angeles. The standard game of “21” was outlawed in California in 1873, but my game was different in that two aces was a “Natural” and technically that made the game “22”, not “21”. The vineyard was planted in 1996 and is named in honor of the game. Our first production vintage was 1997. The Tasting Room opened in 1999.

From the SOUTH: Northbound on the 101 freeway in Santa Barbara, take highway 154 north (Lake Cachuma exit) 25 miles to highway 246. Go left on 246 (west) 4 miles. The first stoplight on the east side of Solvang is Alamo Pintado Road. Go right (north) 4 miles. Blackjack Ranch Winery will be on your left at 2205 Alamo Pintado Road. From the SOUTH: From the intersection of highway 101 and 246 in Buellton, go east toward Solvang. Proceed through Solvang to the stoplight intersection of 246 and Alamo Pintado Road. Go left (north) proceed four miles and Blackjack Ranch Winery will be on your left at 2205 Alamo Pintado Road. From the NORTH: Southbound on the 101 freeway take highway 154 south (Los Olivos exit). Go left (east) 2.5 miles into Los Olivos. Go right (south) on Grand Avenue past the flagpole intersection (first stop sign) to the second stop sign.Go right (west). 200 feet later make a left at the next stop sign (south) and you are now on Alamo Pintado Road. Go 800 feet, make a right turn into Blackjack Ranch Winery at 2205 Alamo Pintado Road.

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A Bordeaux-style blend primarily comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Exuberant fruit with plenty of depth, richness, and subtle complexity make it a “best buy” at this price. Putting on weight in the bottle and taking on an elegantly pretty velvety texture. Good for the long term and great for large gatherings
(100% Estate Grown Cabernet Franc) From “Suicide Hill” (southwest corner of Blackjack Ranch). Easily the most powerful and penetrating bouquet of any wine we’ve ever produced. It leaps from the glass and does a somersault on its way to your nose. Very few producers offer a 100% cab franc (none in Bordeaux) but this wine was unique throughout its elevage and I thought discriminating tasters would appreciate the uniqueness of the fruit in this offering. Elegant, extraordinary, and a true change of pace. Rare clone JC332 budwood on 3309 rootstock grown in clay. 100% French oak. Enjoy it tonight or thru 2012.
  Chardonnay “21”
Easily our best vintage ever for this blend of selected Santa Barbara County chardonnay. Deep and rich with a spectacular nose. A steal at this price!
  Chardonnay “Black Cap Reserve” Estate
Perhaps one of the deepest, most concentrated chardonnays ever produced in Santa Barbara County. If you like 60 second finishes and incredibly bold fruit beautifully integrated with the oak, this is it. Quoting Robert Parker from issue #154 regarding the 2003 vintage: "A brilliant effort possessing great acidity in addition to a Michael Niellon Chevalier-Montrachet-like perfume of crushed minerals, white flowers, peaches, honeysuckle, earth and wood. This dense full-bodied beauty sees 20% new oak. Terrific body and flavor penetration on the palate and a long, crips finish are characteristics of this top-flight chardonnay. Consume it over the next 7-8 years." We think it's a solid classic. Delivery after June 20, 2005
  Chardonnay Blackjack Ranch Vineyard Reserve
All three of our Reserve chardonnays are whole cluster pressed, cold settled, barrel fermented in French oak, and aged on the lees for 8-10 months. This is the one and only traditional method to produce great chardonnay. Crisp acidity, and a layered, mineral-laced honeysuckle-scented and flavored personality with hints of orange marmalade, pears, ripe apples, and butter. The 2004 has a steely nerve center and is very well delineated. Drink it over the next 3-5 years.
  Chardonnay Blackjack Vineyard Reserve
From our estate vineyard we carefully selected only the very finest barrels for this Reserve offering. Quoting Robert Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate, Issue #149 with regard to the similar 01, “Made from Burgundian clone #76, reminiscent of a Puligny-Montrachet premier cru. The light straw color with a greenish hue is accompanied by aromas of honeyed citrus, subtle smoke, a steely minerality, and medium to full-bodied luscious flavors buttressed by zesty acidity. This still young vibrant beauty should drink well for 4-5 years.” 91 points !!! (Rich and full-bodied, we love it with stinky European cheeses.)
  Chardonnay Wilkening Vineyard Reserve
I love this version of the Wilkening chardonnay. Intriguing and fascinating with an atypical steely backbone. Somewhat laid back and destined to peak in 2007. This is an old vine chardonnay planted in 1981 on an east facing slope overlooking Ballard Canyon Road, just southwest of Los Olivos. Multiple layers of honeysuckle, pineapple, movie theater popcorn butter, coconut, papaya, and mango followed by a deep, long, lingering finish. No malolactic fermentation. 94+ points?
  Chardonnay Wilkening Vineyard Reserve
Quoting Robert Parker, Jr.. The Wine Advocate, Issue #149 with regard to the similar '01. The Chardonnay Wilkening Vineyard Reserve may be one of the best bargains in California Chardonnay. No malolactic was performed in order to retain its focus and vigor, and the fruit was picked extremely ripe. The wine spent nine months on its lees before being bottled. A beautiful perfume of ripe citrus, honeysuckle, peach and earth is followed by a full-bodied, concentrated, powerful yet graceful Chardonnay with pure, vivid fruit. It should drink well for 4-5 years, possibly longer.” 94 points!!! This is a spectacular new release!!
  Double-Down Syrah
Incredibly ripe, rich, and bright fruit indicative of the perfection that was the 2003 vintage. Beautifully integrated with French Oak. Not yet submitted for independent review, this is clearly the best version to date of our incredibly popular Double-Down Syrah. Always considered a "good value" by the independent wine reviewers. A good solid 90 point wine at a very favorable price!
Robert Parker, Issue #154: Wisted's finest achievement with this Bordeaux blend appears to be the 2003 Harmonie, a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot. This riveting effort can stand up against the best Napa/Sonoma proprietary blends. In fact, it sets a new standard of excellence for what can be achieved in the South/Central Coast. A dense purple color is followed by a Medoc-like offering revealing notes of cedar, bay leaves, black currant liqueur, licorice, and new oak. Rich, layered, full-bodied yet elegant, precise, pure, exceptionally well focused flavors inundate the palate. This beauty requires 3-5 years of cellaring and should last two decades." We score it 97 points and assure you, this wine should not be missed. (After waiting our turn for an allocation, our first delivery of new Taransaud French Oak arrived just in time to put its fingerprint on this wine.) Spectacular!
  Harmonie (“Bordeaux-Blend”)
58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot, 2% Malbec, and 2% Petit Verdot. Despite the Cabernet Sauvignon, the Cabernet Franc and Merlot shine making it more like a Pomerol such as La Conseillante ‘90. Elegant, extraordinary nuances of black cherry extract are highlighted by espresso, black truffles, cassis, blueberries, and the slightest hint of old fashioned black licorice. Subtle oak by design. Now drinking very well, should be highly enjoyable for 10 years.
  Harmonie (“Bordeaux-Blend”)
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cab Franc, 4% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot. Make no mistake about it, this is a 95 point wine and was the product of a great vintage. It was a gift from Nature. Grown under perfect conditions and harvested on fully ripe in 2001. Dark and complex with extremely ripe, plush, and harmonious purity of fruit. Rich with black cherry, blue fruit, and cassis. Scents of espresso. Our first use of double barreling, vinified in French Oak, racked to 100% new American oak for its second year of barrel aging in our cellars. This is truly a great wine.
  Harmonie (“Bordeaux-Blend”)
obert Parker (Quoting Issue 154) "The 2002 Harmonie (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Merlot and a dollop of Cabernet Franc) is a dense effort displaying a saturated dense dark ruby/purple color, and sweet notes of creme de cassis intermixed with subtle smoke, graphite, licorice, lavender, and mint. While deep, medium to full-bodied ripe and loaded, its high tannin level and structured style dictate cellaring this 2002 Harmonie for a minimum of 2-3 years. It should last for two decades." The French Oak dominates and we score this wine 95 points. (This beautifully ripe wine is the product of yields of 1.5 tons per acre)
  Maximus Syrah
The sensational 2003 Syrah Maximus is sweeter and fleshier, with extra levels of glycerin adding to the texture and length. A profound example of Santa Barbara Syrah, it boasts an opaque purple/black color as well as a gorgeous perfume of licorice, black pepper, twigs, chocolate, and blackberries. Dense and full-bodied, with outstanding purity, it is accessible but may have a lifeline of 15-20 years. We score it 94 points.
  Maximus Syrah (Killer Juice)
This is our "Sideways" wine. Miles and Jack taste Maximus 30 minutes, 17 seconds into the film while on their Monday outing following breakfast and preceding their visit to Foxen. Quoting Robert Parker in The Wine Advocate Issue #154: The serious 2002 Maximus is reminiscent of a Hermitage from France's northern Rhone Valley. This tightly-knit, dense ruby/purple-hued effort offers up a provactive bouquet of violets, blackberries, cassis, leather, and earth. Tangy acidity provides vibrancy and uplift to this medium to full-bodied, nicely layered , concentrated wine. Made in a cool climate style with authoritative flavors as well as considerable length, it should be cellared for 2-3 years, and enjoyed over the following 12-15. It is an intriguing effort from a vineyard just outside Los Olivos, California." Originating from our Hamburger’s Hill Estate fruit just 427 cases were produced. Conservatively scored in The Wine Advocate by Robert Parker, this is a fully-ripened rendition of the same wine he previously scored 93+ and 94.
  Merlot Billy Goat Hill
Super ripe hand cultivated hillside Merlot from vines carefully tended between the winery and our house. Black/purple-colored with copious quantities of sweet crème de cassis fruit intermixed with smoke, pepper, and earth, it is a full-bodied, ripe, supple-textured offering to drink now and over the next 8-10 years. Flatteringly popular and one of our best sellers in the Tasting Room
  Merlot Billy Goat Hill (Estate)
Our second vintage of this very special hand-cultivated fruit from Billy Goat Hill. One of our most popular wines from its day of release. Classic in structure, compelling and enticing. Perhaps as concentrated as the ’99, but with mainstream structural appeal. On the palate, the various black fruits are highly focused due to our choice of French clone 181 fruit. Intriguing finesse, lingering finish. The tannins are balanced and highlighted by new Sequin-Moreau French oak. Memorable.
  Merlot Billy Goat Hill (Estate)
Monster Merlot! Saturated purple/black color. On the palate, an onslaught of big, bold black fruit with an explosive attack and an unctuous texture. Spectacular bold mouth-feel, rich and velvety, tannin in balance, extraordinary concentration and length. Blackberries, roasted coffee, cedar, earth, truffles, cocoa, dried herbs and vanilla. 15 years of life ahead of it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!!
  Merlot Cotes de Los Olivos
An extraordinary value. With time in the bottle, beginning to fatten up and take on a delightful personality. Firm tannins guarantee a long-lived fully ripe wine with intriguing depth. Great for parties, weddings, large gatherings, etc.
  Pinot Noir “777”
Our follow-up to the wildly popular 2000.
  Pinot Noir “Alix de Vergy”
An intriguing bouquet of raspberries, sweet cherries, strawberries, and hint of bay leaves. This Pommard-styled Pinot provides a medium to full-bodied feel, a sweet attack, firm tannin, and good acidity. It should drink well for 4-5 the minimum." Our notes: Big, thick, chewy, earthy, black fruit pinot noir with Burgundian character. Raspberry, violets, vanilla bean, smoke. Acidity perfect for food. This is old-vine fruit from the “K” and “J” block of the La Colline vineyard near Arroyo Grande. Named in honor of the historic Duchess of Burgundy with land holdings covering much of Burgundy in the 13th Century.


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