• Producer: Dragonette Cellars
  • Winemakers: John Dragonette, Steve Dragonette, & Brandon Sparks-Gillis
  • Region (AVA): Santa Ynez Valley (Santa Barbara County)
  • Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Vintage production: 180 cases
  • Winery location: Buelton
  • Owners: John Dragonette, Steve Dragonette, & Brandon Sparks-Gillis
  • First vintage: 2013
  • Drinking window: 2020-2028+


About The Wine


The Dragonette Team strives to create wines of textural purity, complexity and balance with classic tension. Complexity and balance are achieved by meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard, where each vineyard block is managed for appropriate canopy and proper yields.


Duvarita vineyard is located in Santa Barbara County, west of the Sta. Rita Hills. The vineyard lies on gentle, south-facing slopes of almost pure sand, and is certified biodynamic by Demeter. The low vigour soils, small canopy and a low fruit zone combine to make this one of the earliest ripening vineyards. The small clusters here give wines that are lean and elegant, with terrific intensity, stony minerality, and a firm Pommard-like edge of red fruits, earth and herbs.


Each individual lot is harvested in the cold early morning hours with rigorous hand sorting for quality. The fruit is sorted within hours; in this case utilizing 6% whole clusters. The grapes are cold soaked for 2 to 3 days, then the juice is fermented with native yeasts, using a mixture of pumpovers and punchdowns for extraction. At dryness, free run juice is drained to barrel, and the berries gently pressed separately. The wine is aged on its lees for 16 months before selection, blending and bottling.


2019 was a classic cool-climate year. A wet and cold winter cleansed vineyard soils and provided a good profile of soil moisture. A cool Spring helped delay budbreak until late March and to control the vigour. Cool weather and windy conditions around bloom resulted in an extended flowering, but there was a decent sized if uneven crop set in Pinot Noir. June was warm, but July and early August were generally cooler allowing maturity without excess heat. Late August introduced significant heat, quickening the ripening of the Pinot Noir. The very small crop at Duvarita showed solid ripeness, but also terrific acidity for the site.


Dragonette Duvarita Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019

  • "Darker, foresty, sous bois, and salty notes all emerge from the 2019 Pinot Noir Duvarita Vineyard, a cool-climate, firmer yet balanced, concentrated, almost bloody and meaty Pinot Noir that will keep for 10-12 years. It’s certainly a masculine, singular wine in the lineup and will be loved the by the Cote de Nuits lovers out there."

    94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Aug. 2021)