Sextant Wines

 

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Two Locations:
2324 Highway 46 West, Paso Robles, CA 93446 | (805) 238-6030 | Directions: speedfind.com/SextantWines | Hours: Daily 10:00am – 5:00pm
1653 Old Price Canyon Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | (805) 542-0133 | Directions: speedfind.com/Sextant | Mon-Fri 10:00am – 4:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:00am – 5:00pm
Website:  www.SextantWines.com

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Wines Produced:

Bordeaux-Style Blend, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Primitivo, Red Blend, Red Rhône-Style Blend, Rosé, Syrah, Syrah Rosé, White Rhône-Style Blend, Zinfandel.


Sextant-Wines_logoWinery Profile:

At Sextant Wines we are devoted to creating unmatchable, old world varietal wines by taking full advantage of the ideal wine grape terroir of the Central Coast region.  Sextant’ wine portfolio focuses mainly on bold red blends that are sure to please even the most discerning palate.  Join us at our tasting room and Gourmet Deli in San Luis Obispo or at our Estate Winery in Paso Robles where we have friendly, knowledgeable staff on hand to guide you along your journey.

Proprietors, Craig and Nancy Stoller have a deep rooted history in the wine industry. Craig is a third generation vine grower following his father’s lead, who founded the family owned and operated Sunridge Nurseries in 1977. What sets them apart from other growers is their proprietary relationship with the French, Portuguese and Spanish governments to import certified rootstock that can be traced back to the original mother block in those countries. These certified clones planted throughout our three vineyards, along with charismatic blending styles put them on the cutting edge of winemaking practices.

 

The Winemaker

With over 16 years of experience, Michael Fay is an industry-celebrated winemaker and a recognized specialist in California viticulture. Born in Vicenza, Italy, near the region of Friuli, Fay developed a passion for winemaking while studying forestry management at the University of Washington. “I wanted to cultivate a relationship with nature,” he admits, “but my growing love of Pinot made me realize I didn’t want to make paper—I wanted to make wine.” Shortly after this revelation, Fay transferred to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to study enology and viticulture, taking a role in the vineyards at Cambria Estate in Santa Maria in 2000. He moved on to become cellar master at Firestone Vineyards, expanding his purview to delve into coastal Cabernets and rich Zinfandels, then returned to Cambria to hone his skills under noted winemaker Denise Shurtleff. By 2007, Fay juggled roles as assistant winemaker for Cambria, guiding the growth of their artisan reds, and lead winemaker for Los Alisos Wines, overseeing all aspects of their estate program. Centered on securing the best education for budding winemakers on the Central Coast, he helped oversee the conception and design of the Enology department while teaching at Allan Hancock College. Most recently, Fay led one of the most diverse and expansive programs in California as winemaker for Duckhorn’s Goldeneye Winery, succeeding famed winemaker Zach Rasmuson.

Fay has mastered his craft by making small lot, site-specific wines, using old world techniques to highlight their sense of place. “Michael’s emphasis on clonal selections speaks to the roots on which Sextant Wines was formed,” offers Proprietor Craig Stoller. “He joins us at a pivotal time, and his insight will be integral to the expansion of our vineyards.” Fay brings a philosophy that closely matches Sextant’s mission, with a central focus of producing terroir-inspired, boutique wines without compromising industry-standard quality. He shares a perspective that complements Sextant’s as well: “My goal isn’t to speak for the wines, but to let the wines speak for themselves.” A tenured leader, Fay knows how to truly inspire and positively influence those he supports, starting with the mantra that happy people make happy wine. When not in the vineyards, he can be found supporting local arts, enjoying live music, playing sports, or splashing around the Central Coast beaches.

 


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Winery Accolades:

Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide Best of 2016:
2013 Sextant Passage (Paso Robles),  94 Points
2013 Sextant Portolan (Paso Robles), 91 Points
2013 Windemere Pinot Noir, Aubaine Vineyards (Arroyo Grande), 92 Points
2013 Windemere Pinot Noir, MacGregor Vineyard ) Edna Valley, 94 Points

2015 Awards:
Sextant Rose, 94 Points & Best of Class, 2015 Central Coast Wine Competition
Sextant Central Coast Chardonnay, 90 Points & 2015 Wine Enthusiast Editor’s Choice

2014 Vintage:
Sextant Central Coast Chardonnay:
Gold, International Chardonnay Symposium
91 Points & Gold, Central Coast Wine Competition
90 Points & Wine Enthusiast Editor’s Choice

Sextant Reserve Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands), 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Sextant Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles), Bronze, San Francisco Wine Competition
Sextant ‘Wheelhouse’ Zinfandel, 90 points, Wine Enthusiast
Sextant ‘Holystone’ Zinfandel, 92 points, Wine Enthusiast

2013 Vintage:
Sextant ‘Passage’ GSM, 94 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Sextant ‘Portolan’ GSM, 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Sextant Central Coast Zinfandel, 90 Points & Editor’s Choice, Wine Enthusiast

Sextant ‘Wheelhouse’ Zinfandel:
90 Points & Editor’s Choice, Wine Enthusiast
Double Gold from San Francisco International Wine Competition

Sextant ‘Kamal’ Cabernet Sauvignon, 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast

Sextant ‘El Pomar’ Cabernet Sauvignon:
93 Points, Food & Beverage Magazine
93 Points, Wine Enthusiast

2012 Vintage:
Sextant ‘Holystone’ Zinfandel, 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Sextant ‘Night Watch’ Proprietary Blend, 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Sextant Central Coast Chardonnay, 89 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Sextant Reserve Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands), 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast

2010 Vintage:
Sextant ‘Night Watch’ Proprietary Blend:
92 Points, Robert Parker
90 Points, Wine Enthusiast

Sextant Petite Sirah, 90 Points, Robert Parker
Sextant ‘Caverio’ GSM, 91 Points, Robert Parker
Sextant ‘Passage’ GSM, 93 Points, Robert Parker
Sextant ‘Portolan’ GSM, 93 Points, Robert Parker

Additional Accolades:
2006 Sextant , Wine Enthusiast, 12/15/09; 90 points
2006 Sextant ‘Holystone’, Zinfandel, 2008 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition , Critics Gold
2006 Sextant , 2008 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition, Critics Gold
2006 Sextant ‘Holystone’, Zinfandel, 2008 Dallas Morning News Wine Competition , Gold Medal
2006 Sextant ‘Night Watch’, Proprietary Red , 2008 Florida State International Wine Competition, Double Gold
2006 Sextant ‘Holystone’, Zinfandel, 2008 West Coast Wine Competition , Best in Class & Gold Medal
2007 Sextant ‘Holystone’, Zinfandel, 2009 Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, Silver Medal
2007 Sextant ‘Wheelhouse’, Zinfandel, 2009 Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, Gold Medal
2007 Sextant Zinfandel, Central Coast, 2009 San Francisco International Wine Competition, Gold Medal
2004 Sextant ‘Wheelhouse’, Zinfandel, Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate , 89 POINTS
2004 Sextant ‘Holystone’, Zinfandel, Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate, 88 POINTS
2004 Sextant ‘Night Watch’, Proprietary Red , Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate, 90 POINTS
2007 Sextant Zinfandel, Central Coast, Wine & Spirits Magazine, Best Buys Zinfandel
2006 Sextant , Wine Enthusiast , 90 POINTS
2005 Sextant ‘Kamal’, Wine Enthusiast , 87 POINTS
2005 Sextant ‘Wheelhouse’, Zinfandel, Wine Enthusiast , 89 POINTS
2005 Sextant ‘Holystone’, Zinfandel, Wine Enthusiast, 88 POINTS
2007 Sextant , Wine Spectator, July 31, 2009; 90 Points
2007 Sextant Zinfandel, Central Coast, Wine Spectator, July 31, 2009; 88 POINTS
2006 Sextant ‘Wheelhouse’, Zinfandel, Wine Spectator, 90 POINTS
2006 Sextant ‘Wheelhouse’, Zinfandel, Wine Spectator, “Top Values 2008”
2007 Sextant ‘Wheelhouse’, Zinfandel, Wine X Magazine , 94 POINTS
2007 Sextant Zinfandel, Central Coast, Wine X Magazine , 93 POINTS


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