Sculpterra Winery is a fascinating place to visit if you enjoy sculptures, art and wine. The iron gate at the entrance of the winery along with the decorative fencing on the grounds are the works of Bob Bentley, a master blacksmith specializing in renaissance creations that adorn the grounds. Within the highly ornate decorative iron fencing is a collection of beautiful sculptures that are created by two artists, Dale Evers and John Jagger. Dale's work is very unique creating sculptures that use a variety of mediums such as glass, bronze and steel in beautiful harmony. John Jagger has been a full time sculpture for 45 years and his work is prized by collectors all over the world. John's work is show cased all around the grounds of Sculpterra Winery. There are many of his pieces for sale at the winery ranging from a few thousands to well over one hundred thousand dollars.
The entrance to the tasting room is further enhanced with Bob's blacksmith skills as seen by the entrance canopy, light fixtures, etc. that he has artistically created. In the tasting room, your adventure continues with painted wall murals, paintings, sculptures that are accented by beautiful wood work that surround archways, ceiling, doors, etc.
Even the wine bar is enhanced with beautiful wood work. The staff greeted us at the wine bar and explained the shared approach that made Sculpterra a place where not only wines but also art can be showcased along with history. The winery is owned by Warren Frankel who is a medical doctor. His son, Paul Frankel, acquired his BA at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in viticulture and enology and is the winemaker for Sculpterra.
The wines were excellent. My favorite was a 2012 meritage called Maquette that was a blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Cabernet Franc and 13% Merlot. This wine won the San Francisco Chronicle Gold Medal and provided a beautiful balance between two of my favorite varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with just enough Merlot to soften the big bold flavors.
The 2011 Mouvedre was also a favorite with a beautiful balance of strawberry with casis and oak with beautifully balanced tannins. Another wine on their list that was fantastic was 2011 Repousse which was heavily weighted with Rhone varietals with an added twist. The Rhone varietals were Mouvedre, Syrah and Grenache but then they added 9% Petite Syrah for that little extra punch. Delicious wine.
If you go to Sculpterra, I would plan to spend some time. Looking at all of the sculptures, art and surroundings plus the very extensive and excellent wine list, time will fly by. This winery is truly a memory and you must visit to really appreciate all that it has to offer.