Nancy & Bill Kimsey
In establishing our estate vineyard, we surrounded ourselves with people who seek the highest level of quality in all they do. Our wines, then, are a reflection of their hard work and our own willingness to push ourselves to achieve greatness over time with this project.
A soil lover by birth and a plant scientist by training, Dees spent his formative years in winemaking tending vines in the frigid reaches of Vermont. After a stint studying winemaking in Australia, he followed his dream to Napa where he found work in the vineyards during the summer of 2001. Napa presented an opportunity to learn from the best in both vineyard sites and winemaking mentors. Dees followed the sun for the 2002 through 2004 vintages, spending the northern hemisphere harvest in Napa and then the southern hemisphere harvest in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
Having seen the stunning, pure and ripe flavors of Napa and the acid driven, steely and focused blends of New Zealand, Dees began his search for the perfect balance between the two. He found his dream winemaking home in Santa Barbara in 2004.
A believer in the beauty of tannin structure and acid balance, Dees feels that the cold Santa Barbara nights combined with the warm daytime temperatures offer the perfect conditions for wines of depth, complexity and tension/vibrancy.
His approach is simple; know your vineyards and listen to what they tell you. He feels incredibly blessed to work with such remarkable sites.
Ruben Solorzano is the youngest of 11 children, and was born near the town of Cocula, Jalisco, not far from Guadalajara. Referred to as 'The Grape Whisperer" for his almost supernatural understanding of winegrowing, Ruben is an equity partner in the highly esteemed Coastal Care Vineyard associates. He and Matt Dees work together closely in farming the Kimsey estate vineyard.