Clementine Carter (Casa Dumetz)
Santa Ynez Valley
About The Estate:
Another diamond recommendation from Santa Barbara wine guru Greg Brewer, we're delighted to be working with winemaker Sonja Magdevski and her incredible Clementine Carter wines.
In 2004, Sonja helped plant a tiny vineyard to Pinot Noir in an area called Point Dume, Malibu (Los Angeles), and thus the vineyard was named Casa Dumetz. While the almost tropical climate of Malibu was never going to be conducive to truly great wines, garagiste winemaking and viticulture exploration quickly led sonja just a couple of hours north to the epic terroir of Santa Barbara Wine country, where she started sourcing Rhone varietals. That tiny vineyard in Malibu no longer exists as of 2015, so Clementine Carter was born, named after the character in Sonja's favourite Western, “My Darling Clementine.” Clementine Carter was a woman on a journey to achieve her dreams she had never anticipated. Thus…Clementine Carter was a natural addition to carry the name of Sonja's journey.
Her gorgeous wines have received critical acclaim, and show the feminine, elegant side of Grenache in California. Sonja very selcetively sources her fruit from some of the most exciting vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley, including the Larner and Kimsey Vineyards in Ballard Canyon, and the brilliant Spear Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA.
Sonja craft her wines alongside husband Greg Brewer's renowned Brewer-Clifton wine in the same winery, based in the town of Lompoc.
She plays a vital role in managing the vineyards and production at the Hilliard Bruce Estate vineyard.
Clemetine Carter is part of Sonja's Casa Dumetz portfolio of wines. The tasting room is located in the regional foodie-mecca of Los Alamos.
Sonja inspecting the Larner Vineyard in Ballard Canyon