Santa Ynez, California, July, 2015 — Santa Barbara County boasts quite a few world-class wineries with high scores and accolades for their current and past releases, but we believe the achievement of six current-release wines with 92+ scores from Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator to be unparalleled in Santa Barbara County.
Mission Statement: Westerly is based in the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA. The diversity of Santa Barbara County is reflected within the range of Westerly Wines. Our pursuit at Westerly is to express the unique characteristics and individuality of the preeminent vineyards in Santa Barbara County through farming and winemaking at the highest possible level.
Westerly Winemaker: Adam Henkel, a Kentucky native, came to California by way of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he ran a boutique wine shop that enabled him to taste wines with vintners and growers from all over the world. After numerous trips to France, Australia, Oregon, and California, Adam decided to move to the Napa Valley to learn how to make wine in 2004. Following stints at Merryvale Vineyards in St. Helena and Swanson Vineyards in Rutherford, he settled in at Harlan Estate in Oakville where he was inspired by the “culture of perfection” and the relentless approach to wine quality.
Adam comes to Westerly after eight vintages as an integral part of the winemaking team at Harlan Estate. As the Direct Assistant to the Winemaker and Cellar Master for Harlan Estate, Bond Estates, and Promontory, he became known for producing profound, character-driven wines in an environment where expectations were always at the highest level.
The viticultural diversity, geographical grandeur, and the opportunity to continue making world-class wines is why Adam decided to leave the Napa Valley for Santa Barbara County in early 2013. Adam lives in Santa Ynez with his wife Kellie and four children.
Top Scores and Awards for the Westerly Portfolio of Current-Release Wines:
‘13 Westerly Sauvignon Blanc 92 Points Wine Enthusiast
‘12 Westerly Pinot Noir 92 Points Wine Enthusiast + Double Gold Pinot Shootout
‘12 Westerly Côte Blonde 92 Points Wine Spectator + 92 Points Wine Enthusiast
‘12 Westerly Red 92 Points Wine Enthusiast
‘10 Westerly Merlot 92 Points Wine Enthusiast
‘10 Westerly Cabernet Sauvignon 92 Points Wine Enthusiast + Gold Cab Shootout
For more information or to taste Westerly wine, please visit www.westerlywines.com.