PRESS & RATINGS
WINE REVIEW ONLINE: Oceano, San Luis Obispo County (Central Coast, California) Chardonnay Spanish Springs Vineyard 2017
This absolutely gorgeous Chardonnay shows a crisp and creamy profile, with lively tropical fruit alongside lemon, soft vanilla and well-chosen oak spice notes. These elements are integrated with layered complexity and finish together with power that’s impactful without being heavy.READ MORE
THE TASTING PANEL: White Wines Worthy of a Spring Celebration (page 24)
As winter wears on and red-wine malaise sets in, I look forward to the arrival of spring—and, of course, to the white wines that come with it. Some recent events got me in the mood to delve into the category; here are two expressions I found to be exceptional—and well-priced to boot!READ MORE
ROBERT WHITLEY: Oceano Surprises at San Diego Judging
The element of surprise is easily the most scintillating aspect of a "blind" wine tasting. When all bias in favor of region, producer and price is removed, anything can happen and often does.
Such was the case at the 37th San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge from April 6-7. One of the youngest wineries (first vintage 2016) to enter one of the oldest wine competitions in the United States (founded in 1982) scored a stunning, some might even say surprising, triumph when the 2017 Oceano Spanish Springs Vineyard Chardonnay ($38) emerged as the domestic Wine of the Year at the venerable competition.
THE CONNECTED TABLE: Listen to the Podcast
Rachel Martin has drawn upon her extensive oenology and business finesse managing her family’s Boxwood Estate Winery in Virginia to launch Oceano Wines with husband and co-owner, Kurt Deutsch. Oceano is 100% Chardonnay hand-harvested at Spanish Springs in San Luis Obispo County, CA.Listen On: IHEART | ITUNES | SPREAKER
THE TASTING PANEL: Down the Aisle
In Down the Aisle, the editors at The Tasting Panel rate retail beverages based on a combination of elements that can affect off-premise potential, including packaging, branding/credibility, value, and user friendliness.OPEN PDF
TERRIORIST: Wine Reviews: California Chardonnay & Pinot Noir
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – they grow together, and they go together. And, this week, I’ve got a fresh batch of Chards and Pinots from California.
In this report, I tasted two vintages of Chardonnay from Oceano, which is owned and operated by Rachel Martin of Virginia’s Boxwood Estate. The fruit is sourced from the slops of Price Canyon in San Luis Obispo County, and the vineyard is located less than two miles from the coast. The wines were fermented and aged at Caldwell Vineyards in Napa. These wines really impressed me with their lively, salty, oceanic vibes, and I’m excited to see they have a Pinot Noir coming soon, too.
SANTÉ: The Weekly Dozen - Going Bicoastal
The note came from out of the blue, the blue of the Pacific as it turns out.
“First, to reintroduce myself; my name is Rachel Martin and I am the owner of Oceano Wines in San Luis Obispo County. We have met before in relation to my family’s winery, Boxwood Winery in Middleburg VA.”
Indeed we had. Martin’s family, which once owned the Washington Redskins, is one of a group of Virginia winery owners who took the task seriously and who helped make the region as respected as it is today. Now, she, along with music, film and theater producer Kurt Deutsch, was making wine on the West Coast.
WASHINGTON POST: 5 wines perfect for Valentine’s Day
With Valentine's Day approaching, romance is in the air, so I've included two wines in this week's recommendations made by vintners who are planning their weddings. They include an outstanding chardonnay from California's Central Coast and a quirky sparkling red wine from Virginia. A modestly priced champagne and two classic zinfandels round out the selection.READ MORE
CHEDDAR: It's Chardonnay Weather....Somewhere
Kurt Deustch and Rachel Martin were strangers seated together at a film festival, and that fortuitous meeting turned into a wine company. The vintners of Oceano wines join Cheddar to celebrate the launch of their new line.WATCH VIDEO
WINE SPECTATOR: 89 rating for Oceano Chardonnay
Chardonnay Central Coast Spanish Springs Vineyard 2016. Price, full tasting note, auction results and more wine details: Wine Spectator members only.READ MORE
WINE ENTHUSIAST: 88 rating for Oceano Chardonnay
Lime pith and sharp apple aromas show on the nose of this bottling from the extremely coastal Spanish Springs Vineyard, and there is a touch of a vinous quality as well. Ripe pear flavors show on the tip of the sip, where acidic energy cuts through the somewhat sweet characteristics of the midpalate.READ MORE