2019 Scotty Boy! 'Buellklong'
Region: Buellton < Santa Barbara County < CA
Grapes: Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming (uncertified), own-rooted vines; full carbonic fermentation with18 days on the skins; pressed to tank and settled for 7 months; bottled unfined, unfiltered with no added So2; zero-zero; 13.5% ABV; 357 cases
Winemaker: Scott Sampler
Full carbo, skin contact white AKA orange wine from a fun boutique project in SB county!
Scott Sampler grew up in LA during the 1970s and ’80s, with an Italian-American mother and African-American, World War II–vet-turned-commercial/fine-artist father, eating his Italian grandma's red sauce. He migrated north for college, getting his degree in philosophy from UC Berkeley, where he got sucked into the Bay Area farmer's market, Chez Panisse-heydey food scene. After working in the film industry in LA, he found himself drawn more and more into wine, eventually getting the winemaking bug and launching his own label. But he relates winemaking to food, inspired by his Berkeley days – cooking low and slow, keeping things pure and simple from farm to table -- in his own red sauce and now, in his wines, from vineyard to glass.
His launched The Central Coast Group Project (CCGP) in 2012, an inclusive name that reflects how Scott sees the process of farming and harvesting the grapes, to making and then drinking the wine, as true collective involvement. His website states, "Members of our (CCGP) Group include (in no particular order) friends, family, financiers, vineyard owners & managers, field workers, truck drivers, scientists, philosophers, the history of wine & winemakers, artists, chefs, sommeliers, bottle shops, and you." Scott's winemaking, which blends the anti-establishment ethos of punk rock with old-school techniques from classic regions such as Barolo, is about measured risk, and pushing boundaries without veering into weird territory.
He takes this experimentation to the next level with Scotty-Boy! fine wines & super coolers, the natty offshoot of CCGP whose mantra is "nothing added/nothing taken away”. It's all about transparency – no inoculations, no additions, no added sulfur, native fermentations, always bottled unfined and unfiltered, with the grapes being the focus: they source only from small family owned vineyards, farmed at the very least without chemical spraying, if not organically and/or biodynamically; and are only harvested by hand. Whereas Scott's CCGP wines are bigger, bolder and more ageable, Scotty Boy! bottles are fresh and young, meant to be drunk sooner rather than later with a good chill. We first discovered this wine at our favorite pie shop Full of Life Flatbreads in our favorite central coast town Los Alamos. It blew our minds, and we immediately reached out to Scott to get some for Rock Juice. It smells fresh and playful, lemon gummy bears and summery peaches. Gummy bear and peach continues on the palate, infusing Orangina with lemony tartness that gets softened by fuzzy white peach. You get body from the skins, but not drying tannins -- juicy and approachable, it's an easy orange wine for all of the people. And WE the people can't get enough!