Demetria Estate

Santa Ynez Valley Wine

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“I can’t say enough good things about Demetria. Proprietors John & Sandra Zahoudanis have done a magnificent job with these new releases. This lineup is full of thrilling wines. In general, the Demetria wines are made in a fairly stripped down manner. Whole clusters are used throughout the range. The wines are aged for 18+ months in barrel, most of it neutral French oak. At their best, the Demetria wines are rich, and deeply expressive of site. “

---Antonio Galloni, July 2013

2011 Demetria Estate “Wabi-Sabi” Pinot Noir 94 points
Another superb, utterly distinctive wine, the 2011 Pinot Noir Wabi-Sabi is flat out gorgeous. Bright, beautifully delineated aromatics meld into dark cherries, plums and licorice in this vibrant, energetic Pinot. There is a lot to like here. The Wabi-Sabi is a little darker and more powerful in style than the straight Pinot. Both are absolutely delicious. The 2011 was fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged in neutral oak for 18 months.
Drinking window: 2014-2023

2010 Demetria Estate Cuvee Matia 94 points
Demetria's 2010 Cuvee Matia is dazzling. The aromatics are deeply expressive of variety, but the depth and richness of the fruit are remarkable. Polished, supple and silky, the 2010 stands out for its persistence and fabulous overall balance. There is so much to admire in this fabulous, resonant Grenache. Readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this beauty. The 2010 was fermented with 65% whole clusters and aged in neutral barrels for 24 months. Drinking window: 2014-2020

2010 Demetria Estate Cuvee Constantine 93 points
The 2010 Cuvee Constantine is 55% Grenache, 35% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah, all destemmed. A big, rich wine, the 2010 flows across the palate with serious depth and pure power. Black cherries, plums, tobacco, incense and smoke emerge over time, but the 2010 needs more time in bottle to become fully expressive. Today, the fruit and pure depth are both impressive and point to a bright future. Red berries, flowers, spices and licorice wrap around the authoritative finish. The 2010 spent two years in neutral 500-600L barrels. Drinking window: 2014-2020

2011 Demetria Estate Pinot Noir – Sta. Rita Hills 92 points
Crushed flowers, pine, menthol, savory herbs and sweet red cherries all waft from the glass in the 2011 Pinot Noir. Firm yet beautifully integrated tannins support the fruit as the wine opens up in the glass. The 2011 impresses for its balance and overall sense of proportion. This is yet another drop-dead gorgeous wine from Demetria. Drinking window: 2014-2021

2010 Demetria Estate Syrah 92 points
The 2010 Syrah is impressive. Rich, deep and resonant, the 2010 is endowed with serious power. The imposing tannins need further bottle age to fully integrate, but the 2010 is nevertheless hugely appealing. Today, the flavors remain quite primary and undeveloped. The 2010 spent 22 months in French oak barrels of various sizes, just 10% new. Drinking window: 2014-2020

2010 Demetria Estate Pantheon 92 points
The 2010 Pantheon is 65% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 5% white Rhone varieties. A direct, bold wine, the 2010 hits the palate with a blast of cool, mineral-infused fruit. Sweet floral and spice notes develop with time in the glass, but the 2010 remains a bit closed in on itself. Still, there is a lot of energy here. The only thing the 2010 needs is more time in bottle. The 2010 was fermented in a combination of concrete and stainless steel, and was aged for 24 months in neutral 500L barrels. Drinking window: 2014-2020

2010 Demetria Estate “North Slope” Syrah 91points
The 2010 Syrah North Slope is immediate and rich, but doesn’t seem to have the pure complexity of the very best wines in this range. Juicy dark plums, smoke, grilled herbs and licorice all flesh out on the generous, powerful finish. It will be interesting to see if the 2010 develops more complexity over time. Today, it is a bit straightforward. The 2010 is 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier that spent 24 months in French oak barrels, 10% new. Drinking window: 2014-2020

2010 Demetria Estate Tempranillo 90 points
The 2010 Tempranillo is gorgeous. A core of bright red fruit takes shape nicely in the glass. This is a decidedly rich, powerful style of Tempranillo, with an emphasis on fruit rather than what might be called more typical varietal notes, but wine is quite beautiful if taken on its own terms. A bit of a departure from the rest of the wines here, the Tempranillo was aged in 80% French and 20% American oak. Drinking window: 2014-2020

2011 Demetria Estate Chardonnay 90 points
Demetria's 2011 Chardonnay is rich, creamy and inviting. One of the more open wines of the year, the 2011 is laced with hints of almond, dried pears and spices. My preference is to enjoy the 2011 Chardonnay over the next year or two, while the fruit remains supple. Stirring of the lees gives the 2011 a dimension of texture that is quite appealing. Demetria aged the Chardonnay in neutral oak barrels for 12 months. Drinking window: 2013-2015

2012 Demetria Estate Grenache Rose 89 points
The 2012 Grenache Rose has lovely focus and energy. Crushed flowers, mint and sweet red berries all come to life in a wine that is wonderfully alive in the glass. This is an absolutely joyous Rose from Demetria. Drinking window: 2013-2014