The history of Star Lane goes back to the Spanish colonization of California in the early 1800s. After a series of owners, Star Lane was purchased by Elmer Rhoden, owner of 600 movie theatres countrywide, who began breeding horses and entertaining movie stars. One of the ranch's horses became Roy Rogers' Trigger.
Jim and Mary Dierberg purchased the Star Lane Ranch in 1996 as the place they wanted to build their winery and plant their vineyard. They couldn't have chosen better. As it turned out, they were in the middle of what would become Sta. Rita Hills, now the most sought-after region in the Central Coast. They had originally searched for a site in Napa, but fell in love with Star Lane, a former dude ranch. It was the perfect place.
They kept their streak going when, in 2013, they hired Tyler Thomas as their winemaker. Tyler had worked at Fiddlehead Cellars crafting some of the most heralded wines in California. He then went on to Sonoma, but was thrilled to return home to Santa Barbara County with Star Lane.
Today, it is wine that's the talk of the town, and this one is certainly a conversation piece. The grapes come from the former name of Star Lane, Happy Canyon, which is now in a different location.
Here is gripping, sensual Sauvignon Blanc at its best. Kiwi, peach and citrus abound here and never give up.
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