Above: A view of the original Syrah vineyard as seen from David and Anna’s front porch. They started farming organically there in 2012 and are currently working toward biodynamic certification.
For the deLaski family and the small farm where they live with their children and grow wine, devotion to sustainability and wholesome farming isn’t just an approach to winemaking. It’s what drives their lives and lifestyle.
David and Anna deLaski own and farm their Los Olivos estate, where they also live with their young son. Chris King, one of Santa Barbara County’s most in-demand organic grape farmers, manages their vineyards. Steve Clifton, one of Santa Barbara’s leading winemakers, consults on the winemaking. Visits to Anna’s home country, Austria, inspired the couple to plant Grüner Veltliner alongside the Syrah that had already been growing on the farm when they purchased it. They call their estate (where they also live full-time) Solminer because they see themselves as “miners of the sun” (sol in Spanish).
David and Anna’s farm sits on five acres that they’ve been farming organically since they launched the winery in 2012. The entire estate, including livestock and other crops, is biodynamic and they are currently working toward biodynamic certification.
The deLanda Vineyard Vollmond Syrah 2013 (SLOW WINE) was one of the best expressions of Santa Barbara Syrah the panel tasted, with rich notes of ripe dark red fruit and a buoyant acidity that made the wine moreish for its freshness on the palate. The Grüner Veltliner and Blaufränkish produced by the estate were also among the more interesting wines tasted by our panel.
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