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Santa Maria, CA

Scar of the Sea

Inventive, micro-lot Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

As if it was fate all along, I somehow kept bumping into the wines over and over again over the course of my career. Mikey launched Scar of the Sea on the idea that Santa Maria Valley, situated between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, offered an extraordinarily diverse and unique terroir. When the brand was introduced in the early 2010s, California was at the height of its reinvention and its wines came to define the kind of balance and expressiveness we now expect from the region's Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. In February of 2020, Giugni assumed control over the entirety of the winery's production and the future looks as promising as ever.

Selective vineyard sourcing shines through

Mikey lets the coastal influence speak in his wines

The work starts in the vineyard, as with all great wines. Mikey aligns with growers working organically and embracing the nearby Pacific influence. From there, Mikey takes a minimal intervention approach with largely neutral barrels in the winery, ambient yeast for fermentation, and bottling the wines without fining or filtering.