Pinot Noir

The Grape

A native of Burgundy, Pinot Noir is a black-skinned grape known for elegance and difficulty to produce. The grapes-have very thin skins and grow in tight clusters that make them very susceptible to rot and mildew and leads to much lower yields. Pinot Noir prefers to be cultivated in cooler regions that allow for long growing periods producing a medium bodied low tannin wine. While most famously grown in Burgundy, California produces great Pinot Noir in the Sonoma Coast, Mendocino, Carneros, and Central Coast. Pinot Noir is widely produced in Oregon's Willamette Valley, New Zealand, and South Africa.

The Wine

Pinot Noir is a red wine that exhibits a fruit-forward character with notes of blackberry, cherry, strawberry and raspberry. Pinot Noir has notable herbal or earthy qualities of leather, musk and mushroom, along with spice notes of cinnamon, clove, smoke, and tobacco. Depending on where it's grown, Pinot Noir can have a dryness and tannin structure ranging from moderate to mild. Pinot Noir's known for it's silky, elegant mouthfeel and bright complex flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot Noir is terrific on it's own, but it also pairs well with cured meats, grilled vegetables, and antipasti. Manchego and Pecorino cheeses are also delightful pairings.

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2 Bottle Brooks Note Gift Box
$ 100.00

Looking for the perfect last minute Holiday gift? How about 2 bottles of Brooks Note Pinot Noir in a wooden gift box? We’ll ship one each of our 2014 Marin Pinot and 2015 Weir vineyard Pinot in a wooden gift box to your friends or family. We’ll add a bow and a card with your personalized message. The cost is $100. Free Shipping on orders of 4 or more shipped to North California. $40 Shipping to the east coast.

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2010 Genetic Pinot Noir
$ 100.00

The 2010 Genetic Pinot Noir is a special Oregon Pinot Noir from Sabina Vineyards .  The wine opens with hints of raspberry and rose petal aromas mixed with flavors of cranberry, leather and green tea in the mouth. The wine is smooth and concentrated on the palate. Spice and sweet oak round out the rich, velvety texture producing a spectacular pinot noir for Sabina Vineyards.  

The grapes for this wine come from the Roserock Vineyard which is perched on a ridge top towards the southern end of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, which is located within the Willamette Valley, home to many of Oregon’s finest Pinot Noir vineyards.

The Genetic wines are an homage to the LGBTQ community and perfect for celebrating Pride Month!  We are offering these wines in pairs for $100.

2011 Genetic Pinot Noir
$ 100.00

The 2011 Genetic Pinot Noir is a special Oregon Pinot Noir from Sabina Vineyards. This wine has a nose that is reminiscent of freshly crushed cranberries, cherries and fresh herbs. Brilliant acidity cleanses the palate following the richest of gravies while marrying the flavors picked up on the nose to create the ultimate experience producing a spectacular pinot noir for Sabina Vineyards.

The grapes for this wine come from the Roserock Vineyard which is perched on a ridge top towards the southern end of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, which is located within the Willamette Valley, home to many of Oregon’s finest Pinot Noir vineyards. In 2011, a warm and dry harvest period gave way to cooler than expected conditions in late September and early October. Fortunately, the fruit was at or near its ripening plateau. A final heat spike at harvest dehydrated many clusters, reducing yields and concentrating flavors.

The Genetic wines are an homage to the LGBTQ community and perfect for celebrating Pride Month!  We are offering these wines in pairs for $100.

2011 Sabina Pinot Noir
$ 55.00

Winemaker Tasting Notes

The 2011 Sabina Vineyards Oregon Pinot Noir opens with hints of raspberry and rose petal aromas mixed with flavors of cranberry, leather and green tea in the mouth. The wine is smooth and concentrated on the palate. Spice and sweet oak round out the rich, velvety texture producing a spectacular pinot noir for Sabina Vineyards.

Winemaker Notes

The grapes were transported from Oregon to Napa where they were then fermented in 4 separate French oak open top tanks. Fermentation lasted 15 days. The 4 lots were blended and bottled after 18 months in barrel.

Vineyard Notes

Roserock is perched on a ridge top towards the southern end of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, which is located within the Willamette Valley, home to many of Oregon’s finest Pinot Noir vineyards. In 2011, a warm and dry harvets period gave way to cooler than expected conditions in late September and early October. Fortunately, the fruit was at or near its ripening plateau. A final heat spike at harvest dehydrated many clusters, reducing yields and concentrating flavors.

2012 Calstar Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir
Starting at: $ 32.00

Double Gold Medal - 2015 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
20% Discount On The Bottle Price With The Purchase Of A Case 

Tasting Notes 

Bright ruby violet color carried by lovely aromas of rich, ripe blackberry, cassis liqueur, black licorice, fine leather and rhubarb.  A hint of gamey roasted meats give the wine immediate complexity and interest.  On the palate, the wine follows the nose with dark marionberry and black plummy flavors. Juicy acidity provides balance for the round, soft tannins and lingering finish of cola, coffee and sweet oak.

Technical Data

Varietal Composition:  100% Pinot Noir
Appellation:  Sonoma Coast 
Barrel Aging: 30% New, European Oak
Alcohol: 14.2%
Harvest Date: October 9, 2012
Release Date: September 1, 2014
Aging Potential: Five to seven years

Limited Production 136 Cases 

2012 Humanitas 'Good Earth' Pinot Noir Rio Vista Vineyard
$ 55.00

Our 'Rio Vista Vineyard' Pinot Noir from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, begins on the nose with a mouth watering sensation of strawberry/rhubarb pie and delicious spices baked into the mix. Right behind the pie are some earthy elements and touches of pepper, tobacco, smoked meats and a hint of orange peel. This is duck wine - or perhaps a comfort food roast beef or fresh Alaskan salmon grilled over a wood plank with light herbs. It evolves so much in the glass, maybe a bite of all three! It is at once sultry and at the same time playful, so perhaps pair this with some Madeleine Peyroux and a few of your more quixotic friends!

Winemaker’s Comments

The ‘Good Earth’ tier celebrates specific vineyards showcasing a distinct style of a particular varietal unique to that vineyard site. In Santa Barbara County, there is a special piece of land nestled in a canyon amongst the Santa Rita Hills that is chalk full of…well…chalk (!). It gently ambles to the ocean…it is foggy, cool, sometimes brooding…and perfect for Pinot Noir.

The Rio Vista Vineyard is a star within the highly acclaimed Santa Rita Hills appellation. Betweenthe hillside plantings on chalky soils and the long, cool growing season, the wines off this vineyard are noted for their depth of color and complexity of fruit. Balance is a word that immediately comes to mind – worthy of drinking tonight or aging for decades.

Wine Description

Our Humanitas 2012 ‘Rio Vista Vineyard’ Pinot Noir begins on the nose with a mouth watering sensation of strawberry/rhubarb pie and delicious spices baked into the mix. Right behind the pie are some earthy elements and touches of pepper, tobacco, smoked meats and a hint of orange peel.

In the mouth, the fruit is very bright up front and the texture is thick in the middle and finish. A little flint & stone pops in followed by cigar wrapper, leather & black pepper. This is a complex wine, yet very easy to drink. It changes a lot in the glass…over and over again. This is duck wine – or perhaps a comfort food roast beef or fresh Alaskan salmon grilled over a wood plank with light herbs. It evolves so much in the glass, maybe a bite of all three! It is at once sultry and at the same time playful so perhaps pair this with some Madeleine Peyroux and a few of your more quixotic friends!

Alcohol: 14.8%
Bottling Date: August 26, 2013
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills – ‘Rio Vista Vineyard’ Designation
Blend: 100% Rio Vista Vineyards Pinot Noir
Clones: 115, 667, 777 & Wadenswill
Wood: 10 months French Oak

Limited Production - 203 Cases 

2012 Ryan Cochrane Wines Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley "Solomon Hills Vineyard"
$ 43.00

92 Points - Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
90 Points - Dr. Rusty Gaffney, "The Prince of Pinot"
10% Discount On Purchase Of A Case

Tasting Notes 

Solomon Hills Vineyard is located about seven miles from the ocean just outside the city of Orcutt in Santa Barbara County. The maritime influence combined with ocean floor sandy loam soil results in wines with bright fruit, good balance, crisp acidity and what is known as "Santa Maria spice". The lively nose jumps out of the glass, revealing a tightly-knit profile of fresh cherries, strawberries, hazelnuts, spice cake, violet and rose petal. The smooth, silky, light-bodied mouthfeel delivers notes of firm red strawberry, raspberry and cherry mixed with dashes of currant, caramelized orange peel, saddle leather, vanilla and gingerbread cookies. Delicate tannins transition to a sparkle of acidity on the finish. Beware...this wine goes down a little too easy.

100% Pinot Noir 
50% Dijon clone 115, 50% Pommard clone 5
33% whole cluster fermentation
Aged nine months in French oak barrels, 17% new
14.2% Alcohol

Limited Production 6 Barrels Produced 

2012 Ryan Cochrane Wines Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills "Fiddlestix Vineyard"
$ 43.00

92 Points, "Cellar Selection"- Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
91 Points - Dr. Rusty Gaffney, "The Prince of Pinot"
10% Discount On Purchase Of A Case 

Tasting Notes 

Sourced from the same incredible vineyard as my previous wines, the 2012 Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir is all Sta. Rita Hills. The nose features a rich combination of black cherries, fresh raspberries, wet forest, anisette and rose garden. The medium-bodied mouthfeel is firm, rich and round, reminding me of the texture of liquidized sour hard candy. On the palette, rich tones of sour dark cherries, red berries and plum mix with flourishes of sweet lemon rind, rhubarb pie, eastern spices and jasmine tea. The generous acid at the end carries a finish that goes on and on. This is a powerful wine that will improve with cellar age. If you just can't wait, decanting is recommended.

100% Pinot Noir 
75% Dijon clone 115, 25% Pommard clone 5
33% whole cluster fermentation
Aged nine months in French oak barrels, 20% new
14.5% Alcohol

Limited Production 5 Barrels Produced

2013 Calstar Cellars Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
$ 33.00

20% Discount On The Bottle Price With The Purchase Of A Case 

Winemaker Notes 

The Sonoma Coast, a world-renowned growing region southwest of the Russian River and just six miles from the Pacific Ocean is known worldwide for its cool-climate Pinot Noir and microclimates that contribute to slow grape maturation and optimum ripeness.  Small lots of fruit were sourced from eight exceptional Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley vineyards exclusively for Calstar Cellars Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.   The sites span the depth and width of the appellation – from the cool Green Valley knoll of Halleck to the Petaluma Gap site of Sangiacomo – bringing great complexity and cellaring potential to this bottling. 

Deeply scarlet ruby in color, the 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir showcases the best of a spectacular vintage.  On the nose, quintessential aromas of dried cherry, raspberries and black tea are highlighted by spiced orange, cedar and red Santa Rosa plum.   The ripeness of the vintage is balanced by bright stone fruit acidity and refreshing minerality – an undertone of toasty oak and sweet spice brings the palate into focus.  Fine grained, yet coating, tannins and strawberry spice finish make this Pinot Noir an easy match for almost any food pairing.

Technical Data

Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyards: 46.2% Black Knight; 41.0% De Voto; 6.6% Vining; 4.3% Indinoli; 1.2% The Farm; 0.6% Halleck; 0.06% Dano; 0.04% Sangiacomo.
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Alcohol: 14.3%
pH: 3.52
TA: 5.3 g/L 

Limited Production 170 Cases 

2013 Calstar Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
$ 33.00

Gold Medal - 2015 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
20% Off The Bottle Price With The Purchase Of A Case 

Winemaker Notes 

Bright ruby violet, the wine leads with juicy fruit on the nose: cranberry, raspberry and pomegranate.  Notes of dark, unsweetened chocolate, bay leaf and sweet baking spices round out the profile.  In the mouth, the light body is carried by ripe, big red fruit notes that follow the aromas.  There is an impression of sweetness from the cola and vanilla notes but the wine is totally dry.  A long, juicy finish of strawberry, coffee and cherry rounds out the wine and brings the fruit into balance.

Technical Data

Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard Composition: 34% Vining Vineyard; 30% Indinoli Vineyard; 13% Dano Vineyard; 7% Sangiacomo Vineyard; 8% Black Night Vineyard; 8% De Voto Vineyard.
Appellation: Russian River Valley 
Alcohol: 14.2% 
Bottling Date: July 2, 2014
Release Date: September 1, 2014
Aging Potential: 7-10 Years 

Limited Production 285 Cases

2013 Humanitas 'Good Earth' Pinot Noir Rio Vista Vineyard
$ 65.00

Our 'Rio Vista Vineyard' Pinot Noir from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, begins on the nose with a mouth watering sensation of strawberry/rhubarb pie and delicious spices baked into the mix. Right behind the pie are some earthy elements and touches of pepper, tobacco, smoked meats and a hint of orange peel. This is duck wine - or perhaps a comfort food roast beef or fresh Alaskan salmon grilled over a wood plank with light herbs. It evolves so much in the glass, maybe a bite of all three! It is at once sultry and at the same time playful, so perhaps pair this with some Madeleine Peyroux and a few of your more quixotic friends!

Winemaker’s Comments

The ‘Good Earth’ tier celebrates specific vineyards showcasing a distinct style of a particular varietal unique to that vineyard site. In Santa Barbara County, there is a special piece of land nestled in a canyon amongst the Santa Rita Hills that is chalk full of…well…chalk (!). It gently ambles to the ocean…it is foggy, cool, sometimes brooding…and perfect for Pinot Noir.

The Rio Vista Vineyard is a star within the highly acclaimed Santa Rita Hills appellation. Betweenthe hillside plantings on chalky soils and the long, cool growing season, the wines off this vineyard are noted for their depth of color and complexity of fruit. Balance is a word that immediately comes to mind – worthy of drinking tonight or aging for decades.

Wine Description

Our Humanitas 2012 ‘Rio Vista Vineyard’ Pinot Noir begins on the nose with a mouth watering sensation of strawberry/rhubarb pie and delicious spices baked into the mix. Right behind the pie are some earthy elements and touches of pepper, tobacco, smoked meats and a hint of orange peel.

In the mouth, the fruit is very bright up front and the texture is thick in the middle and finish. A little flint & stone pops in followed by cigar wrapper, leather & black pepper. This is a complex wine, yet very easy to drink. It changes a lot in the glass…over and over again. This is duck wine – or perhaps a comfort food roast beef or fresh Alaskan salmon grilled over a wood plank with light herbs. It evolves so much in the glass, maybe a bite of all three! It is at once sultry and at the same time playful so perhaps pair this with some Madeleine Peyroux and a few of your more quixotic friends!

Alcohol: 14.8%
Bottling Date: August 26, 2013
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills – ‘Rio Vista Vineyard’ Designation
Blend: 100% Rio Vista Vineyards Pinot Noir
Clones: 115, 667, 777 & Wadenswill
Wood: 10 months French Oak

Limited Production - 203 Cases 

2013 Humanitas 'Good Earth' Pinot Noir Truchard Vineyard
$ 65.00

Our 2012 'Truchard Vineyard Pinot Noir from the Carneros region of Napa Valley begins with leather and smoke, then opens to ripe cranberry and raspberry fruit with a hint of smoked meats. 'Earth' comes to mind - followed by black cherry juice, maybe some ripe tomato, mushrooms and cinnamon. On the palate, the wine is so inviting, with strawberry jam, vanilla, rhubarb, truffle & cinnamon all wrapped around a hint of caramel apple. Think either a big, thick salmon steal grilled with some hickory chips or a tasty rib-eye grilled just past rare. Throw in a little acoustic guitar, good friends, some heady conversation, and you've got the perfect setting to enjoy this truly stunning wine.

Winemaker’s Comments

The ‘Good Earth’ tier celebrates specific vineyards showcasing a distinct style of a particular varietal  unique to that vineyard site. There is something about the soil at Truchard Vineyard that is very clearly distinct to this site and perfect for Pinot Noir. Maybe it is the soil, maybe it is the slope, maybe is the aspect to the sun, maybe it is the hand of the grower…or a combo of all…but it is clear this tastes like the place. 

Truchard Vineyard is renowned as a shining example of all that the Carneros has to offer. Planting to the combination of Martini & Swan clones for this particular site was genius. Concentrated berries yield an intense, stylistic Pinot Noir that is signature ‘Truchard’. It is a dazzling expression of the Carneros.  

Wine Description

Our Humanitas 2012 ‘Truchard Vineyard’ Pinot Noir begins with leather & smoke, and opens to ripe cranberry & raspberry fruit with a hint of smoked meats. ‘Earth’ comes to mind…followed by black cherry juice, maybe some ripe tomato, mushrooms & cinnamon. Lots happening in the glass! 

On the palate, the wine is so inviting, with strawberry jam, vanilla, rhubarb, truffle & cinnamon all wrapped around a hint of a caramel apple. It is at once complex yet so easy to sip. I’m thinking that either a big, thick salmon steak grilled with some hickory chips or a tasty rib-eye grilled just past rare would do the trick. Throw in a little acoustic guitar, some good friends & some heady conversation and you’ve got a pretty nice setting to enjoy this truly stunning wine. 

Alcohol: 14.8%
Bottling Date: August 26, 2013
Appellation: Carneros – Napa ‘Truchard Vineyard’ Designation
Blend: 100% Truchard Vineyards Pinot Noir
Clones: Martini & Swan
Wood: 10 months French Oak

Limited Production - 501 Cases 

2013 Picayune Cellars Pinot Noir
$ 29.00

Tasting Notes 

Pure and Elegant, our pinot noir is bursting with energetic juicy blueberry and fresh raspberry. The vibrant fruit flavors are complemented by hints of lilac and sous-bois.  Enjoy this versatile wine on its own or paired with wild coho salmon, tagliatelle a la carbonara, coq au vin or whatever inspires you...

Appellation: 100% Sonoma Coast

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir

Fermentation: Fermented in bonar bins and aged 8 months in neutral French oak barrel.

Alcohol: 13.8%

Limited Production - 450 Cases

2013 Ryan Cochrane Wines Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley "Solomon Hills Vineyard"
$ 43.00

93 Points "Editors Choice" - Matt Kettmann, WIne Enthusiast Magazine
91 Points - Dr. Rusty Gaffney, "The Prince of Pinot"
10% Discount On Purchase Of A Case 

Tasting Notes 

I have really fallen in love with this vineyard. There’s this unmistakeable characteristic about wines made from this site that is uniquely Solomon Hills. In 2013, I added an extra clone to the mix which really gave this wine an extra level of complexity and balance. And it also made it a little addictive too. As always, the nose explodes right out of the glass, unleashing aromas of rich red berries, black licorice, sandalwood, fresh flowers, black tea with lemon and mushroomy earth. On the palette, I’m getting garden strawberries, bing cherries, spice cake, orange marmalade, tea and underlying wet forest floor. The wine has a beautiful light garnet color, which alludes to its medium-light bodied character and perfect balance. The wine starts off with a bright and showy mouthfeel, but morphs into something much more complex as an effervescent acidity takes over with a nice snap at the end. This wine lingers on the tongue 4 evah!

33% Dijon 115 33% Dijon 667 33% Pommard 5
25% whole cluster fermentation
Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 20% new
14.2% Alcohol

Limited Production 5 Barrels

2013 Ryan Cochrane Wines Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills "Fiddlestix Vineyard"
$ 43.00

91 Points - Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
91 Points - Dr. Rusty Gaffney, "The Prince of Pinot"
10% Off Purchase Of A Case

Tasting Notes 

There’s a reason I started with this vineyard when I made my very first wine. Fiddlestix just seems to deliver something special every single year. Welcome to this year’s installment! On the nose there’s just-ripe strawberry, wild cherries jubilee, anisette, dark roses, cigar box and just a touch of leather. On the palette, the strawberries and wild cherries remain, joined by ripe currant, candied raspberry, caramelized vanilla, and crushed flowers. This is a lighter-bodied wine than the past couple vintages, but is still quite rich with a round, smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel that envelopes your palette which yields to a cascade of sparkling acid. The finish just seems to...well...never finish.

75% Dijon 115 25% Pommard 5
20% whole cluster fermentation
Aged nine months in French oak barrels, 20% new
14.0% Alcohol

Limited Production 5 Barrels Produced

2014 Marin County Pinot Noir
$ 36.00

THE VINEYARDS AND VINTAGE

The 2013 Marin County Pinot is a blend from two vineyards.  Both are on the Marin side of the Petaluma Gap.   Azaya Ranch is closest to the coast, just north of Stafford Lake on Hicks Valley Rd.  It sits on a south facing, well drained slope.    Cool wind from the coast ensures thick skins, great color, and beautiful texture in our clones 2a, 115, and 667. It is certified Organic.  Chileno Valley Vineyard sits on a bench facing north east into Sonoma.  Because it is dry farmed, the vines struggle to produce small, intensely flavored berries.  Clone 828 contributes a burst of raspberry and cherry while the Pommard clone offers more structure and flavors of dark cherry.  The site, with its cold nights and warm days, provides great acidity and a subtle earthiness typical of Marin.  The 2014 season started out warm and dry, with early bud break.  April rains and cooler temperatures lead to a smaller fruit set and lower yield than 2013.  Our mild summer with late rains meant the grapes could hang on the vines longer, building beautiful ripe fruit flavors and silky tannins, without higher alcohol.

WINEMAKING

Azaya Ranch was hand-picked before sunrise the morning of September 16th.  The Pommard from Chileno valley vineyard was picked on September 12th while the 828 was picked on September 23rd. A small amount (about 10%) of the fruit was left on the stems, while the remainder was sorted and de-stemmed (but not crushed) into 1 and 1.5 ton fermenters.    A small amount of juice was removed 24 hours after destemming. The wine was allowed to cold soak for 3 days, and then warmed in the sun.  Fermentation began from native yeast.  Wines from the 2 vineyards were kept separate and blended just before bottling.  We used two new Remond, one New Boutes and one new Gamba barrel, along with 4 once filled barrels.  The remainder was neutral French oak.  The wine was bottled in March, 2016.

THE WINE

In the glass: Deep burgundy color.
Aroma: Abundant dark cherry, with notes of black pepper, sassafras and a hint of oak. As it opens up, there’s a touch of clove and cinnamon.
In the mouth: Lovely round mouth feel, with structured tannins and flavors of cranberries, tart cherries, blackberries, and a hint of wild sage.
Finish: Nice long finish of cranberries, tart cherries and wet stone. The cherry lingers once the wine is gone.

2014 Oak Cliff Cellars Napa Pinot Noir
$ 45.00

$20 flat fee shipping on purchases of 1-12 bottles

Tasting Notes

This Pinot Noir is still very young, will cellar for years to come and needs some decanting, if only in the glass, for the full bouquet to evolve. Brilliant garnet in color, the flavor profile starts out with cherry/black cherry and cedar, and as the wine opens up with flavors of orange zest, fig, butterscotch, cardamom and black tea, with a long, silky finish. Pair this wine with turkey, ham, salmon and savory vegetarian dishes like stuffed mushrooms or ratatouille.

Terroir

This old vines vineyard of Pinot Noir was planted nearly 50 years ago (1966) by Pat and Duncan Haynes in what is now the Coombsville AVA, east of the city of Napa. Proximity to San Pablo Bay contributes to the temperate climate of Coombsville, with cooling effects of marine air and fog occur almost daily during the growing season Located in the wide alluvial deposits created by the wearing down of the hillsides, the Coombsville soils contain abundant rock, gravel and, in some areas, are layered with volcanic ash deposits from Mount George.

 

Blend:            100% Pinot Noir
Region:          Coombsville AVA, Napa Valley 
Alcohol:         14.05%

Limited Production - 105 Cases

2015 Brooks Note Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir
$ 44.00

7.5% DISCOUNT OFF THE PURCHASE OF A CASE
$0.01 SHIPPING ON ORDERS OF 4 BOTTLES OR MORE SHIPPED TO CALIFORNIA
$15.00 SHIPPING ON ORDERS OF 6 BOTTLES OR MORE SHIPPED OUTSIDE OF CALIFORNIA
$0.01 SHIPPING ON ORDERS OF A 12 BOTTLE CASE SHIPPED OUTSIDE OF CALIFORNIA

 

THE VINEYARDS AND VINTAGE

 Weir Vineyard is in the Yorkville Highlands, about 7 miles south of Boonville.  It sits between 900 and 1000 feet, on a south facing slope with well drained, rocky soil.  The lower, eastern portion of the vineyard was planted in 1992.  The slightly higher, western portion was planted in 2000.  During the growing season, there is a 40-50 degree temperature shift between day and night.  Both the elevation and the coastal air moving down the Anderson Valley provide cooling for the vineyard.  We use Rochioli and 2A clones from the lower, eastern blocks and RC clone from the western blocks.  The 2014 season started out warm and dry, with early bud break.  April rains and cooler temperatures lead to a smaller fruit set and lower yield than 2013.  Our mild summer with late rains meant the grapes could hang on the vines longer, building beautiful ripe fruit flavors and silky tannins, without higher alcohol. 

WINEMAKING

 The vineyard was hand-picked well before sunrise the morning of September 8th.  A small amount (about 10%) of the fruit was left on the stems, while the remainder was sorted and de-stemmed (but not crushed) into 1 and 1.5 ton fermenters.    The wine was allowed to cold soak for 3 days, and then warmed in the sun.  Fermentation began from native yeast, and finished within 2 weeks.  Wines from the three different clones were kept separate and blended just before bottling.  We used one new Boutes barrel, one new Remond Barrell, and one new Gamba barrel.  All the others were neutral French oak.  The wine was bottled in March of 2016. 

THE WINE

 In the glass: Elegant ruby color typical of Weir vineyard.

Aroma: It offers notes of cardamom, rich cherry, raspberry, blackberry, black tea and a touch of lavender.

In the mouth:  Silky smooth entry with raspberry, cherry, cranberry, cardamom and licorice flavors and an appealing minerality.  The rich texture continues through the palate with nice weight. 

APPELLATION:  Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino County

VINEYARD:  Weir Vineyard

ALCOHOL:  13.8%

pH/TITRATABLE ACIDITY:  3.65 / 7.0 g/l

WINEMAKING:  10% Whole cluster, open top fermenters, cold soak, native yeast start, punch down

BARREL AGING:  Aged 16 months in French oak (33% new barrels)

WINEMAKER:  Garry Brooks

LIMITED PRODUCTION - 140 CASES

Gold Coast Vineyards 2015 Estate Pinot Noir
$ 55.00

$10 FLAT RATE SHIPPING FOR 1-3 BOTTLES

$0.01 FLAT RATE SHIPPING FOR 4+ BOTTLES

GV Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir Carneros/ Napa Valley
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This lively Pinot Noir was fermented in 20% new French Oak for 2 years, which leads to a smooth finish that suggests the sumptuous flavors of Creme Brûlée. Notes of Bing Cherries and red fruits bring out a slight tartness which adds texture and complexity to his medium bodied wine.

Sabina Pinot Noir Vertical
$ 195.00

One of the ways that sommeliers learn to taste the differences between vintages is to taste them back to back.  When you have three or more, it is called a vertical.  And that is what we at Qorkz are offering you! Three Sabina Vineyards Oregon Pinot Noirs from three separate vintages.

2011 Sabina Vineyards Oregon Pinot Noir

The 2011 Sabina Vineyards Oregon Pinot Noir nose is reminiscent of crushed cranberries, cherries and herbs, particularly  The acidity cleanses the palate following  while marrying the flavors picked up on the nose to create the ultimate experience producing a spectacular pinot noir for Sabina Vineyards.

2012 Sabina Vineyards Oregon Pinot Noir

The 2012 Sabina Vineyards Oregon Pinot Noir nose is reminiscent of freshly crushed cranberries, cherries and fresh herbs. Brilliant acidity cleanses the palate following the richest of gravies while marrying the flavors picked up on the nose to create the ultimate experience producing a spectacular pinot noir for Sabina Vineyards.

2013 Sabina Vineyards Oregon Pinot Noir

The 2013 Sabina Vineyards Oregon Pinot Noir opens with hints of raspberry and rose petal aromas mixed with flavors of cranberry, leather and green tea in the mouth. The wine is smooth and concentrated on the palate. Spice and sweet oak round out the rich, velvety texture producing a spectacular pinot noir for Sabina Vineyards.