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Region: Northern California
Location: Central Coast


Our mission at The Missing Leg is to create quality, limited production boutique wines that reveal the secrets that we have learned along our incredible journey. While rummaging through a collection of inherited British pub memorabilia, Karl and Heidi stumbled upon a brass casting that depicted an arrangement of 3 horseshoes. The "horse brass" was emblematic of Karl's father's favorite pub outside of London, known as The Missing Leg. Owner, winemaker Karl Wicka entered the wine industry at the age of 23, Karl's first experience was as a graveyard shift crush worker at Mondavi's Woodbridge Winery in Lodi. "I learned several important things in Lodi," recalls Karl, "first, that this was a career path that I could pursue. I also learned that I didn't want to live in Lodi or make 100,000+ cases of wine a year, and working the graveyard shift with Galt meth-heads drove home the importance of having a college degree." So it was back to San Luis Obispo, to finish his Bachelors' in Fruit Science from Cal Poly in the Winter of 1994. Spring of the same year marked what would be a 9 year employment at Wi1d Horse Winery in Templeton. There, Karl learned vast amounts about Central Coast vineyards and where grape varieties performed at their peak. In doing so, he rose from cellar-rat to cellar-master, and he had the opportunity to work beside industry pioneers and future industry superstars. In 2002 Karl convinced Dr. Turley to take him on as assistant winemaker for Turley Wine Cellars, Templeton. He continues to hold this position with honor, 7 vintages and one 6.5 richter earthquake and counting.

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Wine Selection

The Missing Leg Pinot Noir Righetti 2011 (12/750)
The Missing Leg Pinot Noir William Caine Vnyd 2011 12/750)
The Missing Leg Syrah Peter of Alcantara Vynd 2010 (12/750)