Paradise Springs is a family owned winery with operations in Virginia and Santa Barbara. It is owned and operated by Kirk Wilde and his mother Jane Kinchiloe along with local partners. In Santa Barbara it shares winemaking space in Buelton with three wineries including Margerum Wine Company. Doug Margerum acts as Lead Consultant with his team performing day-to-day winemaking. Rob Cox, Head Winemaker at Paradise Spring Virginia, acts as Executive Winemaker, and Kirk Wilde serves as CEO.
In Santa Barbara, Paradise Springs produces high quality premium Sauvignon Blanc from Happy Canyon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Sta Rita Hills, Syrah and red blends. The winery bottled its first wines in July 2015 and currently produces 1500 cases and that will soon increase to 3000. Paradise Springs sources its grapes from many fine Santa Barbara County vineyards. The wines reviewed here are among the first wines released by Paradise Springs in Santa Barbara, and they are of excellent quality.
Paradise Springs 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Happy Canyon ($32) 90 This Sauvignon Blanc offers aromas and flavors of fresh citrus and herbs. On the palate it reveals crisp acidity and freshness from grapes sourced from McKindly Vineyard.
Paradise Springs 2015 Chardonnay Sta Rita Hills ($39) 92 Light straw in color. A rich flavorful Chardonnay offering aromas and flavors of tropical and stone fruit with a touch of oak and lees. Aged 10 months in neutral French oak. Good acidity and balance. Mainly sourced from John Sabastiani Vineyard with some from La Rinconda.
Paradise Springs 2015 Pinot Noir Sta Rita Hills ($45) 93 This is an elegant Pinot Noir offering aromas and flavors of raspberry and dark cherry with a hint of toast. The grapes are sourced from the John Sebastian, Hillard Bruce and Sanford & Benedict vineyards. Fermented in stainless steel and aged in Hermitage barrels for 2 years, it has lovely mouth mouth feel, elegance and refinement.
Paradise Springs 2017 K3 Santa Inez Valley ($35) 91 The K3 is a GSM from the winery’s best barrels. It is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 20% Mourvedre. A lovely Grenache based wine, it offers ripe red fruit and is elegant and refined. Very fruit forward and full bodied and best served with a slight chill. A wonderful accompaniment to charcuterie.
Paradise Springs 2016 Syrah Black Oak Vineyard Santa Barbara County ($42) 92 This lovely Syrah offers rich blue fruit aromas and concentrated flavors with hints of black pepper and toast. Aged 10 months in new and neutral oak, it is beautifully balanced with a full mouth feel yet is also elegant and rich tasting. It has firm tannins meant for aging, and will need some time to show its potential.
Paradise Springs 2016 The Roshi Happy Canyon Vineyard ($59) 90 The 2016 Roshi is a blend of 47% Petit Verdot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, and 14% Merlot. Sourced from Happy Canyon Vineyard, it is medium ruby purple and full bodied offering aromas and flavors of red berries and dark plum. It is well balanced with medium acidity, and concentrated flavors and will need a couple of years of additional bottle aging to soft its big tannins. An unusual wine for Santa Barbara, which has very little Petit Verdot planted.
*This article is one in a series of reviews of Santa Barbara winemakers and wines being prepared by IWR for a new and expanded report on the Wines of Santa Barbara. The IWR’s first report was issued in May 2013 and is available on www.i-winereview.com