Regular priceCompare at: $80-$120 (typical price for pinot noirs from this producer)
A recent vintage of this winery’s pinot received 94 points from Jeb Dunnuck and the winery had a 100-point rockstar wine within the last 5 years.Additionally, their winemaker was called one of “9 best consulting winemaker’s in Napa” by Robert Parker.
Say you decide to spend your child’s college fund on a cult-wine dinner; no one would bat an eye when put this winery’s stuff in the same lineup as Screaming Eagle, Scarecrow, and Harlan.
Classic Burgundy, with the weight of California Pinot. On the nose, aromas of rose petal, earth and hint of vanilla. On the palate, a rich blend of dark cherry and perhaps a black tea note. Finesse and depth, beautifully arranged.
Best paired with: fish, especially salmon, roasted chicken, pasta with red sauce; aged cheeses.
Sometimes being at the right place at the right time just pays off! Many of our best finds have come through a little-known network of assistant winemakers within the Valley. They all know each other because they all went to UC-Davis, live in the same areas, and frequent the same local watering holes when not in the cellar.
We were sampling a few wines for prospective projects and one of these assistant winemakers told us about a friend of theirs at a well-known St. Helena winery. A few text messages later, we were crawling over barrels sampling some incredible reds.
That chance encounter led to our first two Signature Series wines – those special wines that are a little more than what we would normally like to spend, but were so good that we couldn’t pass up.
- Production: 92 cases - Blend: 100% pinot noir - AVA: Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma County - ABV: 14.0% - Drinking window: 2019-2029; drinking beautifully in late 2020 - Comparable price: $80 - $120