published in the Santa Barbara News-Press on 3/16/17
Kalyra’s outer space-inspired sister label, Area 5.1, has one of the most buzz-worthy tasting rooms in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone. That’s where I met up with winemaker Martin Brown recently to taste through their blends.
They’re all blends here – unorthodox blends, mainly – with galactic-like names like Close Encounter (grenache blanc, albarino, rousanne, verdelho and loureiro) and Conspiracy Red (merlot, cabernet and syrah).
The Equinox really impressed – a 50-50 blend of chardonnay and riesling that delivers floral and citrus notes on the nose and tastes super refreshing. The chard imparts a juicy, structured mouth feel that takes off with Riesling-inspired acidity and flavors of lychee. This wine is easy to drink, so it’ll go quickly, especially if you share it while hanging by the pool, waiting for the shrimp-and-veggie skewers to come off the grill.
- Label: Area 5.1 Equinox
- Vintage: 2015
- Source: Santa Barbara County
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Price: $24
Find out more about Area 5.1 at www.a51wines.com.
I wrote about Area 5.1 in early 2014, shortly after the tasting room opened; read about it here.