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Peake Ranch Winery

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Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, AUGUST 2016

“This is a new estate focusing on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County. The wines are made by Paul Lato, and as I think the reviews show, these are well worth tracking down.”

96 Points – 2014 Peake Ranch Sierra Madre Vineyard Chardonnay

“A rock star in the vintage, Peake Ranch’s 2014 Chardonnay Sierra Madre Vineyard (100% Chardonnay aged 14 months in 70% new French oak) gives up a fabulous array of lemon curd, charcoal, citrus blossom and brioche. Rich, gorgeously textured, balanced and just impeccably put together, with the oak covered by fruit, drink this killer white over the coming 4-5 years.”

93 Points – 2014 Peake Ranch Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

“The entry level cuvee, and one that delivers the goods, the 2014 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills comes all from the John Sebastiano Vineyard and was fermented and aged 16 months in 40% new French oak. It’s another killer wine that gives up medium-bodied richness and depth as well as classy notes of crushed flowers, sweet cherries, strawberries and forest floor. Drink this elegant, silky and downright seamless Pinot Noir over the coming 4-5 years.”

96 Points – 2014 Peake Ranch John Sebastiano Vineyard Pinot Noir

“Another stunning effort from winemaker Paul Lato, the 2014 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard (raised in 60% new oak) offers another level of purity and focus over the straight Sta. Rita Hills release. Chambolle-Musigny like with its elegant, ultra-pure and nuanced bouquet of framboise, flowers and spice, this beauty has no hard edges, perfect balance and a seamless, silky texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. It’s beautiful already, yet should keep for 7-8 years, possibly longer.”


Vinous, September 2016

“Peake Ranch is a new project headed by John Wagner, who is a partner in a number of properties in Santa Barbara, including Sierra Madre and John Sebastiano. Wagner purchased a 107-acre piece of Richard Sanford's Alma Rosa and renamed it Peake Ranch. The first vintage with estate fruit will be 2016. In the meantime, Wagner and his winemaker, Paul Lato, are releasing a set of wines made with fruit sourced from the other Wagner properties. These three first releases are all quite pretty. Given Wagner's successes with his other estates and Lato's skillfull touch, Peake Ranch is without question a property to watch.”