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2015 Straight Line Wine Sauvignon Blanc 
The McGinley Vineyard is nestled in the pristine Happy Canyon appellation, just east of Santa Ynez, towards the southeastern perimeter of Santa Barbara County. With its coastal influence, this region provides warmer days and cooler evenings, allowing the fruit an extended growing period in which to develop flavor and character. The vineyard boasts a rare east-west orientation, capturing the cooling breezes from the nearby Pacific Ocean. The soils are primarily shallow, clay loam and studded with cobbles of red chert and serpentine, which were swept down into the canyon over thousands of years, and weathered for thousands more. This low vigor and low-nutrient topsoil forces the vine roots to grow laterally, stressing the vines and resulting in low yields of intense fruit.

2015 Straight Line Wine Chardonnay
Located in the hills outside of Nicasio, a stone's throw from the Pacific Ocean and at an elevation of approximately 700ft., Devil's Gulch Ranch employs steep terraces comprised of decomposed sandstone soil and protected exposures. Planted in 1980, this vineyard clings to the hillside and is the extreme margin of the possibility of winegrowing. Wind, fog, and cold daytime temperatures slow the growth of the low producing Chardonnay vines and extend the growing season late into the season. The fruit is allowed to develop a complete flavor profile, and retain acidity while accumulating sugar in this cold, harsh environment. The result is perfect wine chemistry in conjunction with wholesome flavors and mountain-grown characteristics. Devil’s Gulch Ranch is owned and farmed by Mark Pasternak who also farms Chileno Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir for Couloir Wines.

2013 Straight Line Wine Tempranillo
This Tempranillo is comprised of fruit from three different California vineyards: Madder Lake Vineyard, Liberty Oaks Vineyard and the Terra Alta Vineyard. The terroir and innate qualities from these three vineyards combine to make the whole of this wine greater than its individual parts.

Madder Lake is a rugged mountain-side vineyard north of Napa Valley in Clear Lake. With altitudes reaching 2,200 feet and iron-rich volcanic soil with boulders the size of small cars, this low vigor vineyard yields intense fruit with big blue and black fruit, spice, tar and tannin.

The Liberty Oaks Vineyard, in the Jahant appellation of Lodi, is farmed by esteemed vineyard manager and vintner, Markus Bokisch. The air is warm and the soils volcanic clay loam, forcing the vines to reach deep into the earth for nutrients. The result is Tempranillo with plush, purple fruit flavors, spice and dramatic richness on the palate.

The first two vineyards create the frame, but the final piece of the blend comes from Graciano, an ancient and rare Spanish variety, grown in the Terra Alta Vineyard in Lockeford, CA. The variety and vineyard combination creates the magical component to complete this wine by rounding out the mid-palate with a core of red fruit sweetness. The vineyard is CCOF.

2015 Straight Line Wine Zinfandel
Kirschenmann Vineyard was planted in 1915 to head-trained, dry-farmed Zinfandel. Fine, ashen-colored sandstone soils gilt with flecks of silica as the Lodi sun ripens small, concentrated berries. The vineyard’s proximity to an oxbow in the Mokelumne River affords a more moderate, Mediterranean climate and relatively low temperatures. The combination of water deficiency, sandy soils, and moderated temperatures yield medium-bodied Zinfandel. The aromatics are high-toned and perfumed with a good amount of spice; the acidity is fresh, and harmonious with the tannin structure. Own-rooted and organically farmed, Kirschenmann is owned by vineyard specialist and Turley Wine Cellars winemaker, Tegan Passalacqua, and his wife, Olivia.