Drake Whitcraft's leased vineyards at Kick-on Ranch are in the heart of the vineyard, running east-west and soaking up the best of the hillside sun without being scorched. All of Drake's wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered, providing a crystal clear view of California's incredible terroir. This wine is highly allocated and will not be around long enough to satisfy demand.
Drake Whitcraft isn't just making some of the best Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara County. His commitment to vineyard expression and purity in the glass yields an experience only found with the best Pinot Noirs in the world.
Founded in 1985 by Chris and Kathleen Whitcraft, Whitcraft Winery has long been a beacon of excellence in Santa Barbara County. Their son, Drake, took over operations in 2004 and has continued this tradition of making pure, elegant, and transparent wines from vineyards up and down the Central Coast with the spirit and influence of Burt Williams and his father in mind.
We have long been mesmerized by the wines coming from Whitcraft and are thrilled to offer them to our members. Whether you are a collector or interested in immediate vinous exploration with one of the best winemakers in the world, these wines are not to be missed.More from this winery
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