Topotero Vineyard, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Scar of the Sea
What we love
Transparent in the glass, this herb-y display of Gamay from a very coastal vineyard fascinates with aromatic layers of tarragon, forest floor, uncracked green peppercorn, and pine needle. Fresh strawberry and plum flavors pop on the sip, where sage and wild earth elements carry into the finish.
About this Wine
The 5-acre Topotero Vineyard on the coast of California’s central coast is surrounded by gardens, palm trees, apples and a creek bed. Grafted to Gamay from Pinot Noir in 2019, this marks is Scar of the Sea’s first attempt at producing one of their favorite varietals. Crafted with organically farmed grapes, the wine is fermented with 60% whole cluster for 10 days, then pressed with the wooden basket press. Bottled 8 month later without fining or filtering.
94 points - Editor's Choice, Wine Enthusiast
168 cases produced.
- Technical Data:
- 100% Gamay
- Alcohol: 13.0%
Mikey Giugni & Michael Brughelli
Owners + Winemakers
Established in 2012, Scar of the Sea is a 50-50 partnership founded by longtime friends and colleagues, Mikey Giugni and Michael Brughelli.
Giugni oversees production of their popular hard ciders, their Pet Nat and their county-designated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Brughelli oversees their single-vineyard offerings, made inside a small, modest winery space located a few hundred yards as the crow flies from Au Bon Climat Winery. There Brughelli keeps careful watch over about 24 barrels of their single-vineyard Pinot Noir and 12 barrels of their single-vineyard Chardonnay, including their critically-acclaimed Bien Nacido Block 11 Chardonnay.
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