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Carina Cellars

Carina Cellars Carina Cellars is the result of an avid wine collector with a dream who meets an accomplished winemaker with a vision. When attorney and businessman David Hardee and winemaker Joey Tensley met in 2002, they were quick to recognize the benefits of combining their passion. With Hardee's talent for business, Tensley's talent for wine making, and a shared belief in only the best, Carina Cellars was born. Carina's goal is a simple one: to produce top-quality Santa Barbara County Rhône wines. The focus is on traditional wine making techniques that emphasize terroir above all else. Tensley strongly believes in working only with growers who share his philosophies on farming. That is to say, growers dedicated to canopy management, low yields, and vine balance. The resulting wines are rich in traditional varietal flavors and aromas - Viogniers full of tropical fruit and spring flowers; dark, spicy Syrahs; and intense, blackcurranty Cabernet Sauvignons. Carina Cellars will produce only 2,000 cases in 2004, but as Colman Andrews of Saveur magazine writes of Tensley, "Tiny quantities, big talent budding here."

Directions
From the South: Take Highway 101 to Highway 154 towards Santa Ynez/Cachuma Lake. Turn left on Alamo Pintado Road. We are on the right just before the flagpole. From the North: Take Highway 101 to Highway 154 towards Santa Barbara. Turn right on Grand Avenue. Turn left at the flagpole onto Alamo Pintado Road and look for us on the left.


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2900 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA, US, 93441 Email: tastingroom@carinacellars.com
Phone: 805-688-2459 Web: www.carinacellars.com
Fax: 805-899-1746
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  "7 Percent"
A seductive temptress behind a sequined silver mask, capturing your attention the moment her dark ruby color catches your wayward glance. Stealing your imagination with wisps of bright cherries and black currants, creating fantasies with silky hints of raspberries and peaches, and clouding your mind in anticipation of the next fleeting glimpse. Courage arises and a taste ensues - obvious nuances of strawberries, raspberries, and cassis- followed by a more intimate (and flirtatious) connection over black cherries, blueberries, and blackberries eventually leading into a night that quickly turns into morning. Tomorrow is a new day.
  2002 Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah
Due to its interesting terroir, Colson Canyon has become one of the premier Rhône varietal vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Situated in the Santa Maria Hills high above the morning fog, these grapes bask in the sun and revel in the warm nights. The wine stands firm with flavors of leather, tobacco and coffee but shows its softer side with intense black cherry and raspberry and will endear your heart forever with its chocolate finish. If you can resist opening this wine now, it will mature beautifully over the next 10 years.
  2002 Santa Barbara County Syrah
The grapes for this spicy, warm-hearted Syrah were sourced from both cool and warm climate vineyards. The cool climate to retain fruit and acidity, the warm climate for currants and texture. The fruit was picked in the morning to retain cool temperatures, soaked for 48 hours prior to cultured yeast being added, and punched down three times a day in one and a half ton fermenters. No racking was done and no SO2 was added until one year after harvest. The wine was aged for 12 months in a mixture of 15% new and 85% neutral French oak then bottled with no fining and only light filtration. The resulting wine is deep, peppery, and bursting with ripe roasted blackberries and black currants. The finish is long, the texture velvety, and the undertones show hints of caramel, bacon, and chocolate.
  2002 Thompson Vineyard Syrah
Thompson Vineyard is home to some of the most sought-after Syrah grapes in California. Planted on its own rootstock to the esteemed Estella clone, this meticulously farmed vineyard keeps its yields low (about 2.5 tons per acre). 75% of the grapes used to make this wine were destemmed directly into 1.5 ton open top fermenters. The remaining grapes were placed in the fermenters in whole clusters. The wine was punched down three times daily for 17 days then pressed straight into neutral French barrels for one year of aging. No new oak was used on this wine thus allowing the terroir of the Thompson Vineyard to shine through. Almost black in color, this spicy Syrah has a solid, intense texture and rich flavors of blackberry, espresso, and smoked meats. It is nicely balanced with moderate acidity, medium-full, fine-grained tannins, and a long finish on the palate. Look for alluring hints of violets, licorice, and coca on the nose. This Syrah pairs beautifully with grilled and roasted red meats, especially lamb, roasted chicken, duck, prime rib and steak.
  2003 Stolpman Vineyard Viognier
The unique terrain of the Santa Ynez Valley has made it one of the most diverse regions for growing wine grapes. Being the only valley from Chile to Alaska that runs East to West, the vineyards here experience radical temperature changes from one end to the other. It is in this diverse area that Viognier has found a second home away from the Rhône Valley in France. Becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to Chardonnay, this wine has trademark aromas of pears, honeysuckle, and lemon zest with floral undertones
  2003 Syrah Harrison Vineyard
Flowing from the bottle this full-bodied wine exhibits a nose full of blackberry and spice with hints of pepper and oak lingering in the background. As it passes the lips flavors of cherry, blackberry, and blueberry caress your tastebuds and massage your palate. A flirtatious softness, coupled with a bite of capsicum, cassis, tobacco, and a hint of smoke that kicks you in the tongue, reminding you to take this wine seriously. With a silky finish that leaves you in anticipation of the next sip, this wine can be enjoyed tonight, but will age gracefully over the next 6 years. Try this wine with a duck roast and cranberry chutney, or pair with your favorite pasta.
  Cabernet Sauvignon
s wine is Alexander the Great personified! Beneath inky purple cloak, riding high through the marketplace, basking in the awe of those beneath him. The cacophony of vendors is overshadowed by the aroma of their wares - vibrant cherries, rich black currants, anise, and spice - while the parade continues through the city streets where open gates allow subtle smells of violets, cocoa, and cloves to blow in from the countryside. Children scamper ahead stealing tastes of blackberries and blueberries to accompany the black cherries and cranberries they gorged themselves on earlier, continuing their grandiose battles with swords of cedar, using baskets of sweet herbs to playfully hide from each other. But everyone is focused on Alexander as he leaves behind the hanging bunches of dried sage and crates of fresh raspberries; his strong demeanor indicating he will be around for years to come.
  Clairvoyant
A classic Chateauneuf du Pape blend, this wine is composed of the three most noble Rhône varietals. On the nose, aromas of bright blackberries, raspberries and cherries jump from the glass while background notes of coffee, leather, and sweet herbs mask an underlying hint of dried strawberries. And while the palate is loaded with blueberry, blackberry, and boysenberry with a light, toasty oak flavor, the perceptive mind will also notice a sage, clove, and spicy cherry finish that leaves a lasting impression. The bright fruit of this wine makes it an excellent match with grilled quail beneath a raisin port sauce although the underlying tannins indicate this wine will peak between 2007 and 2009.
  Grenache, Tierra Alta Vineyard
Joyfully walking hand in hand, warm spring sun high in the sky, a midweek sojourn to escape the complexities of work and the responsibilities of life becomes a moment transcending the boundaries of time. Overt glances lead to a soft kiss, complementing a lovers’ stroll through a secluded meadow filled with aromas of cherry blossoms, anise, prickly blackberry bushes and silky petals of roses and violets. Distracted by her intoxicating perfume of sweet raspberries and cranberries, seduced by cinnamon lips, ensnared by a delicate taste of pomegranate, sage and nutmeg, you pull her into a tighter embrace- and a deeper kiss. Youthful inhibitions are ignored, passion becomes the flavor of the moment, and another taste is yours to enjoy.
  Iconoclast
One can almost see them with their deceptively demure demeanor, wine glass in hand reveling in the adoration of all around them -the embodiment of class- the confluence of desire and dissent. Amidst a lingering haze of cigar smoke sits the Opulent –cherries, blackberries, blueberries, and currants- and the Suave –clove, sage, white pepper, and anise. Situated across the palate stands the Jokester –raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, and currants- awash in the cheer of all, basking in the complexities of history. Serendipitous in its contrasting style, making even its harshest critics smitten with desire, lies Amore –violets, cocoa, black cherries and blackberries- endearing itself forever into the annals of your heart. But lying in wait, finishing this quintet of quintessence is the Charmer, whose arrogant charisma keeps bringing you back for more, stating this is no novelty, and will be around for years to come.
  Santa Barbara County Viognier
Nothing is more relaxing than a cool glass of Viognier on a warm summer afternoon, lounging with friends and laughing the day away. A floral aroma laced with essences of guava, citrus and light stone fruits encouraging you to savor it as quickly as you can pop the cork. Closing your eyes, the first sip sends you to a tropical oasis with flavors of apricot, white peach, and honeydew while a refreshingly soft minerality lingers towards the finish. Serve this wine on the patio with a bowl of fresh fruit, or try pairing with fresh sole and mango salsa. Best enjoyed over the next 2-4 years.
  Syrah Camp 4 Vineyard
Our Red Wines Our goal at Carina cellars is to produce top-quality wines that showcase and emphasize terroir above all else. Santa Barbara County vineyards produce some of the most intriguing and intense Rhône grapes possible, from which we are able to produce spicy Syrah's, earthy Mourvedre and fruit-laden Grenache. We are also very fortunate to be able to obtain Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from a premier Napa Valley vineyard. These grapes become an integral part of our Iconoclast blend as well as a blackcurranty Cabernet Sauvignon. Our current red wine list includes: Clairvoyant 2004 Grenache, Tierra Alta Vineyard, 2004 "7 percent" Syrah, Camp 4 Vineyard, 2004 Syrah, Westerly Vineyard, 2004 Syrah, Tierra Alta Vineyard, 2004 Syrah, Santa Barbara County, 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Clairvoyant 2004 45% Syrah, Tierra Alta Vineyard 33% Mourvedre, Camp 4 Vineyard 22% Grenache, Tierra Alta Vineyard A classic Chateauneuf du Pape blend, this wine is composed of the three most noble Rhône varietals. On the nose, aromas of bright blackberries, raspberries and cherries jump from the glass while background notes of coffee, leather, and sweet herbs mask an underlying hint of dried strawberries. And while the palate is loaded with blueberry, blackberry, and boysenberry with a light, toasty oak flavor, the perceptive mind will also notice a sage, clove, and spicy cherry finish that leaves a lasting impression. The bright fruit of this wine makes it an excellent match with grilled quail beneath a raisin port sauce although the underlying tannins indicate this wine will peak between 2007 and 2009. 214 cases produced. Clairvoyant is paired with our featured recipe: Risotto alla Jody Price: $34 ($27.20 for Iconoclast Club members) - please click here to purchase this wine. 2004 Grenache, Tierra Alta Vineyard Joyfully walking hand in hand, warm spring sun high in the sky, a midweek sojourn to escape the complexities of work and
  Syrah Tierra Alta Vineyard
With elegance that only angels possess, gliding into the room amidst a potpourri of cherries, blueberries, and pomegranate, she captures your imagination with lavender perfume and obliterates your inhibitions with nuances of nutmeg, sage, and toffee. In a move of selfish spontaneity, you embrace desire and delve into a kiss loaded with all the flavors of passion –strawberries, pomegranate, cassis and cherries. A Sirens song of coffee and cola expose diabolic intentions saturating your soul with lust. An evening of black ties and red dresses becomes a night of stolen moments and necessary sin, compressing the wonders of eternity into one moment.
  Syrah Westerly Vineyard
There is no subtlety here. Raw, exposed, full of an intense heat that simply overwhelms the senses, breaks down defenses, and conquers. Giacoma Casanova had nothing on this wine. A maestro in the glass, its presence seduces – violets, anise and cloves- its charisma intoxicates – blackberry, blueberry, smoke and white pepper- its balance and finesse become infused to your lust. With guilty anticipation you take your first sip, and are immediately lost into waves of selfish pleasure. Bright cheeks, a self produced smile, and you become the hunter relentlessly pursuing his prey. Who can resist – nuances of dark cherries, currants and cranberries - who can break away – cocoa, cinnamon, and cassis - who can secede? New loves, and broken dreams, desire and resent, lust and abstinence…Casanova was immortalized for his daring endeavors, what do you have to lose?

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