Chuck Carlson’s winemaking career in Santa Barbara County spans more than 34 years, including the past ten years as the proprietor of Carlson Wines, specializing in limited-edition wines including Pinot Noir from Santa Rita Hills along with Cabernet Franc and several aromatic white wines from the Santa Ynez Valley.

As a young winemaker with a newly minted enology degree from Fresno State University, Chuck first joined Zaca Mesa Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley, where he helped create the winery’s groundbreaking Rhône varietal program. The “school of Zaca Mesa” has since become renowned for launching the careers of many notable Central Coast winemakers. For nearly 20 years, Chuck served as the winemaker at Curtis Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley, which was founded as one of California’s first wineries to specialize exclusively in Rhône varietals.

Along the way, however, Chuck never lost his personal affinity for the Pinot Noir grape, and in 2004 he launched Carlson Wines, with the singular goal of crafting a trio of Pinot Noirs showcasing the individual qualities of three standout vineyards in three premier Central Coast appellations. He has since expanded his offerings to Cabernet Franc and aromatic whites.

Among Chuck’s personal interests is deep sea fishing, and his related adventures have earned him the nicknmame “Calypso.” Chuck and his wife have two grown children, and live in Arroyo Grande.

2014 Carlson Pinot Noir

This wine shows warm and rich fruit flavors which were developed throughout the growing conditions of the 2013 vintage. The wine enters slightly sweet with rich flavors of raspberry and cranberry. The wine’s nicely integrated French Oak (20% new) adds to the sweetness and overall softness. Thirty percent of the wine was fermented as whole clusters, giving a distinctive spiciness that is from the stems. The palate exhibits darker and riper berry flavors that show a beautiful restrained balance. The chemistry of the fruit yields a wine that can age gracefully and have beautiful balance. 

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