McKinney Family Wines Are Sold Through Wine Club Only.
In the highest pursuit of quality over quantity the only way to maintain this standard is by having a tight knit group of supporters that we make our wines for. Our Wine Club, is an extension of our family and friends and the integral backbone of our business. Our goal is to always make wines which exceed the conventional standards and keep our club members excited for each new shipment of hand crafted limited production wines.
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*Wine Club Members Receive - 15% off all purchases - 6 bottles sent twice a year. (Case a year) - You can customize your wine club shipment with all red / all white, or mixed. You will receive a wine club email prior to each shipment to allow customization of order. - If you would like to try the wines before joining wine club our winery is by appointment only. Click the contact page icon to set up a private tasting.
2014 Viognier 100%
Pronounced (vee - own - yay) This golden colored varietal traces its origin to the Rhone Valley of the northern French Mediterranean. Known for being a voluptuous, lush, sexy white wine with body and strong aromatics of peach and white flowers.
Viognier thrives in our hometown and is one of our dearest varietals to make wine with. Our Viognier was made in an old world style with lasting acidity, and bright ripe flavors of white peach, guava, honeydew mellon and a hint of white pepper.
$36.00 SOLD OUT - Availability TBA
2013 Tuscan Nights - (95% Sangiovese - 5% Syrah)
For centuries Sangiovese has been held as Italy’s premier red grape varietal. The great showman of Tuscan viticulture, Sangiovese is known for world-renowned wines such as Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Noble di Montepulciano. In the 1970s a new class of wines known in the trade as "Super Tuscans" emerged. Many of these wines became cult wines. This wine is made in the style of the “Super Tuscans” where our Estate Syrah, (a French and therefore non native Italian grape varietal) has been blended with Sangiovese to add complexity and a dark ruby color.
Our love affair with Tuscany is portrayed in this beautifully delicate bright cherry, medium bodied red wine. Best if served chilled, 55-58* enjoy at the end of a long hard day, and let this wine lift your spirit across the Italian landscape into Tuscan Nights…
$75.00 SOLD OUT - Current Release Listed Below
2014 Chardonnay (95% Chardonnay - 5% Viognier)
Grown in one of the cooler corners of California, this wine rivals the classic character of old world Burgundy and Chablis. A crisp lean chardonnay which offers a rich mouth feel with precise acidity and minerality. Flavors of lemon and lime open up into green apple, pear and pineapple as it evolves in glass, while aromas of white peach and white flowers captivate the imagination between sips. Enjoy slowly with deep appreciation, this is a timeless white wine.
95% Chardonnay - 5% Viognier
$42.00 SOLD OUT - New Release Available Spring 2018
2012 Napoleon's Secret
During the time of Emperor Napoleon the third’s rule, and the prestigious 1855 classification of the Premier Cru Chateau’s of Bordeaux, a well kept secret remained amongst the Bordeaux winemakers. In lighter vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon the winemakers would secretly source Syrah from the Rhone Valley to help darken and intensify their traditional blends.
This blend is composed of the five primary red varietals from Bordeaux; Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petite Verdot and of course, ‘the secret’, Syrah from the McKinney Family Estate. Napoleon’s Secret is exposed in this elegant, rich, and seductive red wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon 46% - Syrah 23% - Cabernet Franc 13% - Merlot 12% , Malbec 4% - Petit Verdot 2%
$75.00 SOLD OUT - Current Release Listed Below
2014 Inspirado - 100% Estate Syrah
Inspirado, Spanish for the word “Inspired” was chosen as the name of my first 100% estate Syrah. This wine’s story of fruition will always hold a special place in my heart. While I was living and playing professional volleyball in Puerto Rico I was inspired after making a deal with my dad that if I won the championship that year I would finally be allowed to plant a vineyard on our families home property.
My team came back from two games down in the finals and won three straight matches to win the Puerto Rican professional volleyball championship in 2010. Crowds of six thousand people at every game and a parade through San Juan after winning was hands down the greatest athletic experience of my life. That special moment in my life is intertwined with the grapes in this bottle. Syrah was the first varietal I chose to plant on the property and this vintage, 2014 lives up to the original inspiration of greatness with which it was planted.
This is the first time we have released a 100% Syrah from the McKinney Estate.
$100.00 SOLD OUT - Current Release Listed Below
2016 Grenache Blanc
Grown in the Los Olivos District of the Santa Ynez Valley Grenache Blanc is the big up and coming white wine of Santa Barbara County. The warm Mediterranean climate greatly resembles that of the Rhone Valley in France, the home of this crisp lean white varietal.
This "GB" was all barrel fermented in neutral french oak then moved to 50% stainless steel and 50% neutral french oak for 6 months of aging. The barrel fermentation add a vibrant mouthfeel to this bright and acid driven white wine.
Aromas of Lemon, lime, coconut, lychee, white peach on the nose with flavors of lime, guava, star fruit, granny smith apple, vanilla, coconut.
$32.00 SOLD OUT - Availability TBA
2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir
From the fashionable Presqu'ile Vineyard of Santa Maria Valley. The Pinot Noir grapes used to make this rose were farmed to make regular Pinot Noir, therefore we paid a premium to make the highest quality Rosé possible.
All barrel fermented in neutral french oak then moved to 50% stainless steel and 50% neutral french oak for 6 months of aging. The barrel fermentation adds a vibrant mouthfeel to this bright and acid driven white wine.
Aromas of watermelon, cherry, strawberry, melon, citrus, vanilla, rose blossom and flavors cherry, underripe strawberry, cranberry, peach, melon, vanilla, clove.
$33.00 SOLD OUT - New Release Available Spring 2017
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
From the prestigious Star Lane Vineyard of Happy Canyon, this Sauvignon Blanc is incredibly complex. Gravelly loam soil with metamorphic rocks called serpentinite make it an acclaimed mineral driven vineyard source.
All barrel fermented in neutral french oak then 50% barrel aged in new french oak and 50% neutral french oak for 6 months of aging. The barrel aging add a beautiful spectrum of vanilla, creme brunette and caramel characters to match the broad citrus, orchard, and tropical fruit.
Aromas of lemon, citrus, pineapple, mango, citrus blossom, gardenia, white peach, tangerine and flavors of grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pinapple, mango, vanilla and coconut.
$40.00 SOLD OUT - New Release Available Spring 2017
2016 Queen Charlemagne Chardonnay
The light at the end of the Dark Ages was marked by the rule of King Charlemagne the first Holy Roman Emperor. During his reign, he was seen as steadfastly successful, ambitious but conservative ruler. He united a large part of Europe during the early Middle Ages and laid the foundations for modern France.
As legend has it Charlemagne’s first lover and wife was the daughter of a Burgundian count and in 775 the famous vineyard of Corton-Charlemagne was planted to only Chardonnay and not the fashionable and popular Pinot Noir. As the fairy story is told Charlemagne’s wife did not like how red wine stained his white beard. This 'old-world' style Chardonnay is a tribute to the "great woman behind every great man" and made in a style the queen would have preferred.
Aromas of lemon, citrus, pineapple, mango, lemon blossom, gardenia, white peach, and flavors of crisp lemon, lime, peach, pinapple, mango, vanilla and clove.
$42.00 SOLD OUT - New Release Available Spring 2017
2014 Pinot Noir - WC100
From a beach sand soil in the world renown Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Zotovich vineyard produces a subtle yet complex style of Pinot Noir.
Made through a maceration process of 100% Whole Cluster Fermentation (WC100), this wine is unique to say the least. The addition of sweet stems during fermentation add a mint leaf and eucalyptus herbal complexity, while creating a velvet like tannin feel to accompany the tight/ripe strawberry, cherry and cranberry aromas.
$45.00 SOLD OUT - New Release Available Spring 2017
2014 Pinot Noir - La Encantada Vineyard
This Pinot comes from the legendary La Encantada vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills. Planted by universally recognized pioneer of Pinot Noir Richard Sanford, La Encantada was the first vineyard in Santa Barbara County to be 'certified organic'.
Aromas of pomegranate, raspberry, cranberry, cherry, violets, rose pedals, vanilla spice, with flavors of bright ripe cherry, cranberries, and under ripe raspberries, followed by dried herbs and an elegant french oak tannin on the finish.
$60.00 SOLD OUT - New Release Available Spring 2017
2014 Tuscan Nights
This years Super Tuscan blend is significantly different from last years. We decided to create a more masculine, yet refined version of the blend with the addition of two varietals we have never used before, Cabernet Sauvignon & Viognier. This is a unique, complex, and trendsetting wine blend.
Aromas of black currant, raspberries, black olive, leather, anise, green tea, smoky oak, baking spice, with a flavor profile of bright cranberries, under ripe raspberries, followed by dried herbs, toasted coffee bean and a strong french oak finish.
69% Sangiovese - 28% Cabernet Sauvignon - 3% Viognier
$75.00 SOLD OUT - Current Release Listed Below
2013 Syrah - Duvarita Vineyard
Grown in one of coolest and most western vineyards of Santa Barbara County. Duvarita Vineyard is fully Biodynamic, which is a form of alternative agriculture very similar to organic farming, but which includes various holistic, ecological and cosmic concepts drawn from the ideas of Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925).
Biodynamic farmers strive to create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself. Preparations made from fermented manure, minerals and herbs are used to help restore and harmonize the vital life forces of the farm and to enhance the nutrition, quality and flavor of the food being raised. This Syrah carries with it the story of a symbiotic relationship of plant, animal and insect life, creating great complexity of dark fruit flavor and herbal aroma to this bold and beautiful wine.
Aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, raspberry, black olive, anise, sweet tobacco, lavender, smoky oak, molasses, followed by flavors of black cherry, blackcurrant, boysenberry, clove, tobacco leaf, coco and clove.
$60.00 SOLD OUT - Availability TBA
In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous and seductive creatures which lured sailors to shipwreck, mesmerized by their beautiful and enchanting song. Most notably, the Siren is most famous for their part in Homer's The Odyssey, where Odysseus has his men tie him to the ship and plug their ears, so he can listen to the Siren's legendary song. This luscious blend captures the exotic natures of it's Rhone and Spanish white grape varietals and, much like the Siren, is undeniably alluring. All four varietals were aged in neutral french oak for one year, so this wine has soft vanilla tannin to smooth out a singing acidity that leaves you begging for the next sip…
Grenache Blanc 25% - Viognier 25% - Roussanne 25% - Albariño 25%
$45.00 SOLD OUT
2015 Blood of Jove
Sangius Jovis, or "Blood of Jupiter" is the literal name for Sangiovese in Italian. "Jove" being short for Jupiter, or Jovis in Latin, is the name of the Roman God of Sky and Thunder, and King of all Gods in ancient Roman religion and mythology. Jovis is also the father of Bacchus, the God of Wine, further illustrating the significance of this Vitis Vinifera grapevine in Roman culture. Sangiovese originates from Tuscany, Italy and has now found a new home with a similar microclimate in the Santa Ynez Valley of California. In perfect vintages, the Blood of Jove runs through our veins and this 2015 Sangiovese is no exception.
This wine is made to take like an authentic Chianti from Italy. It carries a lean yet complex profile and has the soft yet noticeable tannins you expect from traditional Sangiovese. If you have a more experienced pallet with Italian wines you will love to see a California version of this wine taste so “Old World”.
$45.00 IN STOCK
2015 Grandpa McKinney's Forte
We are proud to release our first ever Port Wine. “Forte” is short for Fortified Wine, and is a reference to our Great Grandfather who was a moonshiner in Kentucky around the turn of the century. This is a very smooth elegant and delicious version of a port which we believe will convert some non believers to the Port Side. 19.1% Alcohol, this is a very balanced port that is neither too sweet nor too high of alcohol. Fortified with 115 Proof two year barrel aged Brandy and aged in french oak for an additional two years this wine boasts beautiful caramel and vanilla clove with raspberry and black cherry notes.
70% Syrah - 20% Viognier - 10% Grenache
$60.00 - 500ML Bottle IN STOCK
2015 Napoleon's Secret
This is the second time we have released Napoleon’s Secret. It's debut was the 2012 vintage and it was surely a flagship bestseller for us. This year is no different and honestly an improvement from the last Napoleon Bordeaux Blend. This is a wine made to be comparable to the great Cab blends of Bordeaux France and with the addition of Syrah from our property it adds much depth and complexity.
From this outstanding low yielding vintage emerges a smooth, generous palate with very fine dusty tannins and natural acidity expressing exemplary balance. As smooth and voluptuous as its 2012 predecessor, the flavors and fragrance of this vintage leans toward black and blue fruits and seasoned wood. Blueberries, plums, and black currants provide juicy, mouth-filling flavors while distinct notes of oak, graphite, cigar box, and earthy spices create aromatic accents that are bound to evolve and become even more intense with bottle age. This is a cellar wine that will continue to age beautifully for 15-20 years.
Cabernet Sauvignon 35% - Syrah 32% - Merlot 13% - Malbec 10% - Cab Franc 8% - Petit Verdot 2%
$75.00 IN STOCK
2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir
From the fashionable Presqu'ile Vineyard of Santa Maria Valley. The Pinot Noir grapes used to make this rosé were farmed to make regular Pinot Noir, therefore we paid a premium to make the highest quality Rosé possible.
All barrel fermented in neutral french oak then 6 months of barrel aging, with 10% New French Oak. The barrel fermentation adds a lush and creamy mouthfeel to this bright and acid driven Rosé.
Aromas of watermelon, strawberry, citrus, pineapple rind, vanilla, rose blossom and flavors cherry, mango, lemon, underripe strawberry, melon, vanilla, clove.
$33.00 IN STOCK
2015 Tuscan Nights
We are extremely excited about this years Super Tuscan blend as we have incorporated biodynamic grapes from Grimm's Bluff in Happy Canyon to complete this perennial best seller. We decided to continue using Cabernet Sauvignon as the main blending component to the 70% Sangiovese, and added another Bordeaux varietal Petit Verdot at equal parts to the Cab Sauv to maintain another masculine, refined version of the blend. We are confident that this wine will continue to set the standard for highest quality Super Tuscan blends in all the world.
Aromas of black cherry, black current, raspberries, leather, anise, green tea, smoky oak, baking spice, with a flavor profile of bright cherries, under ripe blackberries, followed by dried herbs, toasted coffee bean and a strong french oak finish.
70% Sangiovese - 15% Cabernet Sauvignon - 15% Petit Verdot
$75.00 IN STOCK
2015 The Baron
This vintage is the first time we have released "The Baron", a GSM Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre blend. Our estate property is now planted to Grenache and Syrah and we look forward to setting a new standard for the quality level of GSM blends in the United States.
Baron Le Roy, was a World War I fighter pilot and French war hero. In 1935 he spearheaded the creation of the Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) system that would become the basis of French wine laws and a benchmark for wine regulations around the world. He married the Baroness of Chateau Fortia in the southern Rhone region of France. As the new Proprietor of this historic Chateau, The Baron was known for demanding nothing but the highest quality from his beloved Chateauneuf du Pape exotic red varietals, (Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre) and to this day, his standard for excellence for southern Rhone blends is being upheld in the rare microclimates of Santa Barbara County.
Aromas of black plums, blackberries, raspberries, leather, peppercorn tree, and smoky oak with a flavor profile of boysenberry, blackberries, followed by dried herbs, baking spices and smoked meats with herbal complexities and a firm tannin backbone from the whole cluster Syrah.
Grenache 34% - Syrah 33% - Mourvèdre 33%
$65.00 IN STOCK
2016 Pinot Noir - Duvarita Vineyard
Our champion Pinot Noir vineyard of Santa Barbara County, the Duvarita Vineyard site consists of south facing slopes grown in well-drained beach sand soils just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The vines are planted close together and trained low to the ground to protect them from the cool ocean breezes and to reflect heat from the soil. Rigorous farming techniques such as following lunar cycles and integrating native herbs and minerals back into the soil create earthy terroir driven characters and intense flavors to the fruit. Soft sandy soils can be experienced through the silky texture of this opulent yet polished Pinot Noir.
100% Pinot Noir
$70.00 IN STOCK
2016 Inspirado Estate Syrah
Inspirado, Spanish for the word “inspired,” was chosen to be the name for my Estate Syrah. This bottle’s story of fruition will always hold a special place in my heart. While I was living and playing professional volleyball in Puerto Rico, I was inspired after making a deal with my dad that if I won the championship that year I would be granted the right to plant a vineyard on our family's property. With my team’s back against the wall, we came back from two matches down in the finals and won three consecutive matches over a four day period to win the 2010 Puerto Rican Professional Volleyball Championship. Crowds of six thousand people at every game and a parade through San Juan after winning was hands-down the greatest athletic achievement of my life. That special moment is intertwined with the grapes in this bottle. Syrah was the first varietal I chose to plant on the property and the 2016 vintage lives up to the original inspiration of greatness with which it was planted. - Matt McKinney
92% Syrah - 8% Viognier (co-fermented)
$80.00 IN STOCK