A recent travel article on Los Alamos, CA—a wine-country town fifty miles north of Santa Barbara—left us wishing we could sample some of the region’s great wines from afar. Our wine editor, Sara Schneider, held a taste test at the office, and we selected our favorites—four bottles you can buy across the West. If you can’t get to Los Alamos, sipping these is the next best thing. Here are four bottles we love from that region:
Bedford 2009 Carignane (Santa Barbara County; $30) Tangy raspberry flavors, darker cassis, white pepper, and red earth come together in this Santa Ynez Valley version of an old but rather obscure California wine.
Casa Dumetz 2012 Gewürztraminer (Santa Ynez Valley; $30) A gamut of citrus flavors, from grapefruit to tangerine, joins floral aromatics and spice in this mouth-filling Gewürz.
Casa Dumetz 2012 Larner Vineyard Grenache (Santa Ynez Valley; $34) Dried cherry, cinnamon, pepper, and mocha are layered under juicy red fruit in this light-bodied Grenache.
Martian Ranch 2011 “Red Shift” Syrah (Santa Barbara County; $24) Interesting, savory notes of cured meat, smoke, and leafy tobacco lead into a rush of sweet, ripe blueberry and blackberry flavors balanced with lively acidity.