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"These first releases are hugely promising.  More importantly they are absolutely delicious and fairly priced."Antonio Galloni editor of Vinous Media 

"Grüner veltliner, blaufränkisch, and see-through syrah aren’t wines that come to mind when you think of the Santa Ynez Valley, which is exactly why Solminer just might be the most boundary-busting brand in Santa Barbara wine country today." - Matt Kettman Wine Enthusiast, Santa Barbara Independent


2014 Grüner Veltliner Santa Ynez Valley - 93 points

This wine’s excellently layered yet light nose mixes pomelo skin with tangelo and lime-spritzed pink-apple notes. The palate is extremely nervy, with grippy lemon-skin texture and squeezed-citrus flavors, all balanced by riper apple. It’s like biting into a cold, crisp, just-ripe pear or nectarine. - Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast

2012 Grüner Veltliner John Sebastiano Vineyard - 92 points

The 2012 Grüner Veltliner John Sebastiano Vineyard is surprisingly powerful and intense. Dried pears, apricots, flowers and hazelnuts all flesh out in this strikingly beautiful and expressive Gruner.  This is an impressive first effort from Solminer.  - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

2012 Syrah deLanda Vineyard- 91 points

Brilliant violet color. Highly perfumed bouquet features black raspberry, Asian spices and violet, with subtle cracked pepper, olive and smoke notes emerging with air: very syrah. Juicy, penetrating and pure, offering spicy red and dark berry flavors and a zesty mineral underpinning. This sappy, vibrant syrah finishes with very good clarity and echoes of candied flowers and smoky minerals. - Josh Raynold Tanzer IWC, Vinous


The wines are honest, and beautifully refreshing. They are a label to watch." - Alder YarrowVinography.com

 "“Natural wine” isn’t only about native yeast and less technology and the absence of chemicals and treatments, it is also about wine being a natural part of our lives to share in the joy of being human and liking it.  Solminer is a part of a larger movement to bring this kind of wine culture to America." - The Elf Guide to Natural Wine


2013 Dry Riesling Santa Barbara County - 92 pts.

Chalk, apricot honey and wisps of gasoline lead the aroma profile on this wine from electronic music DJ David deLaski and his wife Anna.  On the palate, there is stronge mandarin orange-driven acidity and remnants of the chalkiness, which together should give the wine aging potential.  Drink today or buy a case and try every year to track what will be an insightful evolution. Cellar Selection. - Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast

2013 Vollmond 97% Syrah 3% Blaufränkisch - 91 points

With a rare if tiny showing for the Blaufränkisch grape (3%), which this estate grows on their Los Olives property, this is a tangy, tart and lean Syrah, with bright cherry fruit, coffee, light menthol, tobacco and cedar on the nose. Aromatic wood flavors of pipe smoke and cigar box show on the palate, along with red cherry fruit, vanilla and sagebrush elements. - Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast

2013 Rubellite Syrah Blend  deLanda Vineyard - 90 pts.

Brilliant ruby-red. High-pitched red and dark berry aromas are complemented by black pepper, allspice and dried flowers. Juicy and precise, showing strong lift and cut to the bitter cherry and cassis flavors. Gained sweetness with air, with a subtle emerging medicinal quality lending a refreshing suggestion of amaro bitterness. The clean, nervy, red fruit-dominated finish is firmed by fine-grained, harmonious tannins. -- Josh Raynolds Tanzer IWC, Vinous