Bottle Shout Out: 2007 Ken Brown Cargasacchi Vineyard Pinot Noir

Last night I opened a bottle of Ken Brown's 2007 Cargasacchi Vineyard Pinot Noir, and it was everything I hoped it would be. And believe me-- after tasting his line-up a couple months ago, I had high hopes for this one.

Like he so enthusiastically discussed with me, because the fruit in this Pinot comes from the north end of the Santa Rita Hills, its features an old world earthiness that seems so painfully elusive in California sometimes.

The wine also has a spicy finish quite unlike anything I've experienced before. Different than the type of flavor I would typically call "spicy" in a wine, this Pinot created the illusion of actual spiciness with a wondrously fine and crisp acidity.

Ken Brown is one of the pioneers of Santa Barbara's wine industry, and his long experience working in the vineyards and cellars of Santa Barbara clearly shows through his wines.

Visit Ken Brown's site:

Purchase his 2007 Cargasacchi Vineyards Pinot Noir here.

Next time you're tasting out in the valley, make an appointment at Ken Brown's office in Buellton, where either he or his wife Deborah will gladly pour and discuss the wines with you.

Call 805-448-3791 or e-mail Deborah at to make an appointment.

The Browns also host monthly Open Houses and other events where they pour their wines.

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