A BIT ABOUT US

Ernst Storm grew up in South Africa and completed his studies at Elsenburg Agricultural School, which is just outside the town of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. After completing his final year, Ernst worked as a winemaker in the Stellenbosch region and also spent two harvests in the cooler Walker Bay region in South Africa, while consulting on a few smaller projects with his brother Hannes.

Ernst wanted to experience a Northern Hemisphere harvest and took a job in the Sierra Foothills of California where he spent two years working in this warmer climate—learning a lot about managing higher pH wines and riper flavors. Having come from a cool climate region, he longed to make more balanced wines from Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Ernst found Santa Barbara County and saw a lot of potential. The Mediterranean climate shares many similarities with that of the Western Cape. Diverse soils and microclimates within the county make it a region with endless possibilities.

Ernst worked at Firestone Winery for three years, which proved to be a great learning experience. He worked on a larger scale and did a lot of experimentation with Sauvignon Blanc and other varietals. Storm was started with 6 barrels in 2006. In 2008, Ernst became involved in the winemaking at Curtis Winery. At the end of 2013 he left Curtis to focus on Storm.

Storm is focused on making classically styled wines from proven sites; and wines with personality of vintage and site, where elegance is favored. His brother, Hannes, launched Storm Wines-South Africa in 2012. His focus is Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

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2019 SAUVIGNON BLANC

SANTA YNEZ VALLEY

The fruit for this Sauvignon Blanc was sourced from six vineyards at different corners of Santa Ynez Valley.
A combination of Old and New World winemaking techniques were thoughtfully used to bring out the grapes’ full potential.

Tasting Notes
Zesty grapefruit and tropical notes dominate the nose, with a hint of hay. The palate is round and quenching with citrus, guava and melon flavors that finish long. New World freshness meets Old World texture.

2019 SAUVIGNON BLANC

PRESQU'ILE VINEYARD

SANTA MARIA VALLEY

The Presqu’ile Vineyard is located on the Solomon Hills on the Southern edge of the Santa Maria Valley. The cool Pacific Ocean breeze coupled with old marine floor soils makes this site perfect for growing cool climate Sauvignon Blanc. The 2019 bottling was aged for 7 months on the lees in 100% Acacia wood.

Tasting Notes

The wine boosts explosive gooseberry and honeydew melon on the nose with fresh citrus on the palate that is round and quenching.

2019 GRENACHE ROSÉ

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

The fruit for this Rosé was sourced from Vogelzang Vineyard in the Happy Canyon AVA and Watch Hill Vineyard in the Los Alamos Valley. The Mediterranean Climate combined with older vines yield fruit with exceptional balance and depth. 

Tasting Notes
Watermelon, rose petal and white flower dominate the nose while delicate red fruit flavors are held together by a mouthwatering minerality.

2019 GAMAY

PRESQU'ILE VINEYARD

SANTA MARIA VALLEY

This wine is the result of traditional methods and a vineyard perfectly located for growing Gamay.  The Presqu'ile Vineyard is located on the Solomon Hills in the Santa Maria Valley where the fog lifts late morning and the afternoon breeze blows from the Pacific. Label art by Elsa Storm

Tasting Notes

Rustic on the nose with raspberry and cherry notes. Soft delicate red fruit and spice fill out the palate, held together by a firm structure. Serve slightly chilled.  

2018 PINOT NOIR

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Santa Barbara County is one of the most diverse growing areas on the West Coast. With soil diversity and unique micro climates, it is exciting to explore and combine different vineyards to make a wine that captures the whole region.

Tasting Notes

Raspberry and dark cherry fill the nose with hints of orange peel, forest floor and dark spice. The palate is rich, yet delicate and lasting with a full structured finish. 

2016 PINOT NOIR

PRESQU’ILE VINEYARD

SANTA MARIA VALLEY

This wine is the result of traditional methods, a great vineyard and a love for Old World wines. It is a wine exemplifying poise and elegance. It showcases not only the purity of fruit that can be found in Santa Maria, but also alluring baking spice and black tea notes. A drought caused low yields, which in turn created deeper color and extraction.

Tasting Notes

Baking spice, black tea, rose petal, and red fruit dominate the nose. Soft delicate red fruit and spice fill out the palate, which is held together by a firm structure.

2016 PINOT NOIR

JOHN SEBASTIANO VINEYARD

STA. RITA HILLS

Exceptional growing conditions, personalized organic farming and a minimalistic approach in the winery contributes to a pure expression of vintage and site. This Pinot Noir is an exemplary product of passion and condition. The 2016 vintage yielded very balanced fruit due to the cooler than normal first half of the growing season.

Tasting Notes

Pomegranate, dark cherry and underbrush dominate the nose, with hints of clove. Juicy red and dark fruit lingers long and vibrant on the palate.

2016 PINOT NOIR

DONNACHADH VINEYARD

STA. RITA HILLS

 

The Donnachadh Vineyard (pronounced "done uh kah") is located in the heart of Sta. Rita Hills on Santa Rosa Road. This Pinot Noir is planted on a steep hillside block on marine derived shale with high clay content, rock and cobbles. Cool winds from the Pacific make for more challenging conditions and resulting smaller yields on this site.

Tasting Notes

Dark fruit and forest floor dominate the nose with hints of baking spice. Juicy dark fruit lingers long and vibrant on the palate with a refreshing acidity holding everything together.

2016 PINOT NOIR

DUVARITA VINEYARD

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Duvarita is six miles from the Pacific Ocean, making it one of the closest to the ocean in Santa Barbara County. Biodynamically grown grapes, meticulous winemaking and a combination of three Dijon clones create a wine that captures both vintage and site.

Tasting Notes
Alluring dark fruit, forest floor and spice fill the nose. Soft delicate dark fruit and fine tannin fill out the rich palate.

2017 SYRAH

SLIDE HILL VINEYARD

EDNA VALLEY

The rolling hills at Slide Hill are situated 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean where cool temperatures ensure a long growing season. Combine this with gravelly loam soils, natural low yields and biodynamic farming and you get fruit with exceptional balance and depth.

Tasting Notes
Dark fruit, dried herbs and pepper dominate the nose.
The palate is rich with a core of black fruit and spice that finish with a mouthwatering dryness.