SANTA YNEZ GENERAL
Sun-baked California Chaparral
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California bay laurel
The sun-drenched scent of the Santa Ynez Valley. Developed with the California boutique Santa Ynez General by ARQUISTE Parfumeur
October 1886, Mattei's Tavern, Los Olivos, California.
The five pm stagecoach from Santa Barbara arrives with a clatter of hoofbeats, raising a rich, dusky scent from the baking earth. Passengers alight from the journey across the chaparral covered San Marcos Pass, arriving weary yet beguiled by the heady bouquet of the Santa Ynez Mountains: sweet artemisia and bitter chaparral sage on the sunny ridges, aromatic fennel and herbal bay laurel in the canyon bottoms. Now resting on the Tavern's veranda, the passengers watch as the lowering sun burnishes the golden hills spooling out before them, their scent of curing hay and buckwheat carried aloft by the faintest Pacific zephyr.
Developed with Rodrigo Flores-Roux.
– Tomplins, Walker A., Mattei's Tavern: Where road met rail in stagecoach days, self-published pamphlet, Santa Ynez, CA, 1974.
- Rife, Joanne, Where the Light Turns Gold: The Story of the Santa Ynez Valley, Published by Valley Pub, 1977.