SANTA MARIA, CA: An outcropping of white calcareous rock looms over a nearby vineyard near Santa Maria, California. Much more common in Burgundy, calcareous rocks lower the pH of the soil, generally drain very well and are thought to be particularly well suited to Pinot Noir, all of which makes such soils highly sought after in places like Santa Barbara County. Following the release of the movie Sideways, Santa Barbara Pinot Noir has become one of the hottest commodities of the California wine world.
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