Winemaker Spotlight: Ryan Deovlet

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Winemaker Spotlight: Ryan Deovlet

Last week I got to sit down to chat, taste, and get to know winemaker Ryan Deovlet. Pronounced “Devlet”, Ryan comes from a strong and close-knit family with a healthy respect for their heritage, and it shows in his passion for the vine and making soulful wines with a sense of place. It’s rare these days that I hands-down love the entire lineup from a winemaker, so I am thrilled to bring these gems to the shop. I’ve written some notes on these wines for now, so please try them, but I would also like folks to pencil in November 3rd on their calendars, as we’ll have Ryan in the shop chatting and pouring his lovely wines for us. This is some of the most exciting stuff coming out of Santa Barbara, so please check these out, guys!

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Last week I got to sit down to chat, taste, and get to know winemaker Ryan Deovlet. Pronounced “Devlet”, Ryan comes from a strong and close-knit family with a healthy respect for their heritage, and it shows in his passion for the vine and making soulful wines with a sense of place. It’s rare these days that I hands-down love the entire lineup from a winemaker, so I am thrilled to bring these gems to the shop. I’ve written some notes on these wines for now, so please try them, but I would also like folks to pencil in November 3rd on their calendars, as we’ll have Ryan in the shop chatting and pouring his lovely wines for us.   This is some of the most exciting stuff coming out of Santa Barbara, so please check these out, guys!

2014 Deovlet, Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County, CA, $34.99

Ryan Deovlet takes a vignerons approach to winemaking, spending lots of time out in the vineyards to make sure the fruit is perfect. His wines are elegant and seamless, and after tasting with him recently, I brought in almost everything he makes! This Chardonnay is quintessential Santa Barbara: light and lithe lemon with a sun-kissed touch and a sea salt spray edge. Fresh cream drives the mouthfeel, and there is just the right balance of gentle oak and lovely purity of fruit. This is a delicious choice and quite versatile at the table! Tiny production.

2014 Deovlet, Chardonnay, Solomon Hills Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, CA $38.99

Ryan Deovlet’s tongue-in-cheek mantra is “We’re too small to suck”. Although I had to chuckle, I was nodding in agreement as I tasted through the delicious lineup. Much respect for this guy’s wines, folks. This vineyard Chardonnay was the first wine that Ryan made years ago, and when I tasted it, I totally got it: exciting on the nose and on the palate, with bright saline notes, wild fragrant flowers, sun-drenched citrus and velvety texture. This Chardonnay has a stronger personality than the Santa Barbara, but will still work with most choices at the table. I would especially recommend something with octopus or squid!

2014 Deovlet, Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County, CA, $38.99

Ryan Deovlet makes some killer small batch Pinot Noir with an eye for detail that results in exquisite elegance and purity. This Pinot is quintessential Santa Barbara: nice ripe red berry, savory brown spice, and good weight, with brightness and a focused purity of fruit. Yummy on its own, but it makes an excellent addition to the table when there’s fresh King Salmon, game bird, or even roasted chicken for dinner.

2013 Deovlet, Pinot Noir, Zotovich Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills, CA, $48.99

I fell in love with this Pinot from one of my favorite vineyards when I got it in my glass. It reminds me of a beautiful warm fall day, with the smell of sun-baked leaves being raked into a pile and warm red fruits that are ripe and ready to make delicious pie! Then there is that pretty wave of soft brown spices. This Pinot is medium bodied and almost more savory than fruity upon the final, long note that lingers on the tongue. Really elegant and pairs quite nicely with roast game birds, as well as leaner cuts of steak.

2012 Deovlet, ‘Sonny Boy’, Red Blend, Happy Canyon, Santa Barbara County, $40.99

This homage to Ryan’s grandpa and pops is masculine and stately: gorgeous dark fruits mingle with roasted meat, savory sanguine balsamic and earth, while the texture and mouth-coating nature of the liquid begs for grilled lamb chops, or something equally savory and rich. This fruit comes from the Vogelzang and Dierberg vineyards and is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. By far, the best blend I’ve had from this region. Although it wasn’t on my radar coming from a dedicated Pinot/Chardonnay producer, when I tasted this special cuvee, I had to share it here at the shop! A must try!

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