wpe6.jpg (11782 bytes)Having its home in both Burgundy and Champagne, Pinot Noir has been in California for many years, probably since the late 1800s.  It is a fussy and finicky grape variety, prone to genetic changes which means there are many "clones" of Pinot Noir. 

The grape tends to produce wines which have much less color than Cabernet or Zinfandel, for example.  I have seen, in many tastings, wines which are color-poor, but, curiously,  have the most intense fragrance.  Tasters are frequently swayed by the color and appearance of a wine and cannot credit a weakly colored wine with having more intensity to its "nose" than deeper colored/less fragrant wines. 

NA02221_.WMF (16510 bytes)Years ago, it was not uncommon for California winemakers to "fortify" their Pinot Noirs with something such as Petite Sirah.  The wines had great color and, perhaps, a bit more body and tannin, but the peppery Petite Sirah detracted or overwhelmed the subtle and delicate cherry-like Pinot Noir fruit.  

Curiously, in France's Burgundy, it was said vintners or negociants routinely beefed up their wines with some deeper red from the south of France (or Algeria, which was a major wine-exporting region once-upon-a-time!).   A Burgundy house was recently discovered to have been selling wines illegally blended with stronger red wine from outside the appellation.  (Quel surprise!)  
The temptation is great to make beefier wines, as critics and their audiences, often find "bigger is better."

I am certain some local vintners still adulterate (or "enhance," depending upon one's perspective) their Pinot Noirs with darker, stronger varieties.  One prominent winery owner chided me for even asking such a question, though he would not declare that his wines were 100% Pinot Noir!

It seems that Pinot Noir varies according to clone, soil, exposure, climate and we haven't even discussed vinification.  Many Burgundy winemakers will tell you their wine does not reflect the Pinot Noir grape, but instead the grape reflects the terroir.

Some producers will tell you the juice should be kept at a cold temperature (which inhibits fermentation) and macerated on the skins for a week before fermentation is initiated.  Other winemakers say this is a recipe for disaster.  Some winemakers claim to ferment with the stems, while others say this is not the way to make good Pinot Noir. 

As you can understand, controversy abounds!

FD00985_.wmf (4442 bytes)The aromas of Pinot Noir vary as a result of so many of the factors enumerated above.  We prefer to find bright fruit aromas, reminiscent of cherry or strawberry.   We like a bit of vanillin from the oak. 

Some Pinots have a gamey quality to them.  In his book entitled "BURGUNDY" by Anthony Hanson, this expert writes "Great Burgundy smells of shit.  It is most surprising, but something the French recognized long ago, a sent la merde and a sent le purin being common expressions on the Côte.  Not always, of course;  but frequently there is a smell of decaying matter, vegetable or animal, about them.  This is nothing new."  

Uh, well, we prefer the cherry and berry notes, thank you!

Years ago, there was a school of thought which felt that California was too hot for Pinot Noir.  Oregon enjoyed some notoriety as experts wrangled over which area was producing the best West Coast Pinots.  An east coast tasting, written about in the New York Times (some years ago, now) said the favored wines were Oregon and Burgundy when tasted with the labels exposed.   When the wines were poured for a blind-tasting, California won. 

Today's wine critics are having an impact on Pinot Noir production.  Since the dynamics of most blind tastings (and tastings that are not "blind") is to find the biggest and most intense wines, Pinot Noirs of elegance and refinement are marked down as thin and light, while wines with Syrah colors and Cabernet tannins are now often garnering the highest scores.  

Pinot Noir winemakers are, it seems, interested in picking Pinot Noir as ripe as possible.  One vintner told me the trend is to harvest the fruit when it's close to 16 to 18 percent "potential alcohol."  Then water is added to the juice and the fermentation ensues.  I am not sure what benefits are obtained by picking at this high level of sugar, but it seems to be popular amongst the young winemaking crowd.

The high ratings encourages consumers to buy these sorts of wines and it encourages winemakers to produce this style of Pinot.   

We have noticed the alcohol levels of Pinot Noir are often pushing 14% to 15%, sometimes even more!  It's not about the alcohol, though.  It's about "balance."  Some wines can still be balanced and delicious at a high octane level, while others can be totally out of whack.

We have had some Pinots which were made from such over-ripe fruit, the wines resemble late-picked Zinfandel.  One even has scored in the mid-90s from a prominent critic despite the wine having little in common with Pinot Noir. 

There's an awful Pinot that receives high praise from various publications.  We've had four vintages in tastings and the wine routinely finishes in last place.  All we can figure is the winery sends in samples of someone else's wine (probably French Burgundy, since it is often described as being reminiscent of Grand Cru level wines) and they bottle plonk.  If the wine they send to critics is the same as what they sell, this calls into question the expertise of those writing about wine.

Anyone who claims to be a Pinot aficionado and who tastes California wines such as Etude, Patz & Hall, Harrington, En Route and Dehlinger, and who puts down these wines, simply doesn't understand the subject.  I think you might even add the Siduri and Au Bon Climat and The Ojai Vineyard labels to this list.



Richard Sanford is one of the pioneers in Santa Barbara County wine history.

He teamed with a fellow named Michael Benedict back in the 1970s and planted vineyards in the region that's today known as "Santa Rita Hills."  The pair started a winery called Sanford & Benedict, which later morphed into the Sanford Winery.  I don't know what became of Benedict, but Sanford ran his own place for many years.   In 2005 he and his wife were fired by the import and wine distribution company which invested in the Sanford Winery.

We understand there were major disagreements concerning Sanford's insistence upon organic farming.  His steadfastness to this ideal did not, apparently, sit well with the Terlato/Paterno folks.

Sanford now has launched a new brand called Alma Rosa.  We had their first two Pinot Noirs in a blind-tasting and the wines finished 1st and 2nd!  I especially liked the La Encantada Vineyard bottling and we continue to be pleased by this wine.

We currently have some bottles of Alma Rosa's entry level bottling in the's a tip of the cap to Richard Sanford and his pioneering efforts in the Santa Rita Hills.

We tasted a 2006 vintage La Encantada Pinot (in 2016).  The wine was bottled with a screw-cap closure, one of the earliest "fine wines" to be offered in this format.  The wine was a delight.  Very good fragrances and still youthful, but developed.  This was a pleasant surprise.

Currently in stock:  2014 ALMA ROSA "Santa Rita Hills" $28.99
2011 ALMA ROSA Santa Rita Hills "La Encantada" PINOT NOIR  Sale $39.99


One can only imagine the impact on California's legal system had Jim Clendenen graduated from law school!

Instead, he'd had a visit in France and thought he might prefer the world of Pinot Noir & Chardonnay to that of tortes, contracts and people suing the crap out of each other.

The winery was initially the work of partners Adam Tolmach and Jim Clendenen.  Adam eventually left to make his own wines under the Ojai Vineyard banner and and Jim continued making ABC wines.

Clendenen was always a strong personality and this helped his efforts to sell the Au Bon Climat wines.  The \various offerings reflected the personality of Mr. Clendenen, being wines which were not universally-appealing, but bottles which had character and complexity.  

If you were a fan of French Burgundies, there was a good chance you might find the Au Bon Climat wines to have some appeal.

The winery made a lot of Chardonnay in the early days, but today their production of Pinot Noir is said to be roughly equivalent to their Chardonnay.

ABC offers a number of single vineyard Pinots.  

We're fans of the entry level bottling with the Santa Barbara County appellation.  The 2014 is in stock presently.  It usually is blended with a small addition of Mondeuse, a variety which likely contributes a bit of color and body to the wine.  We like the dark berry fruit notes in this's a shade fuller in body than most Pinots, but still has a measure of charm to it. Think blackberry/blueberry as the sort of fruit character rather than the cherry/vanilla sort of tones you will find in many California Pinots.




Currently in stock:  AU BON CLIMAT 2014 Santa Barbara County PINOT NOIR   




Maybe you're a fan of Caymus Cabernets and have wondered what Caymus Pinot Noir would taste like.

Well, I can tell you Caymus used to make Pinot Noir from Rutherford-grown fruit many years ago.  They even made a Pinot Noir Blanc called "Eye of the Partridge."  What fruit they didn't use themselves was sold off to Inglenook. 

Nobody paid much attention to Pinot back then.  Pinot Noir grown in Rutherford!  Never mind that the fruit had short hang time and ripened quickly...all people paid attention to was "Brix" (a measure of the sugar content of the grapes) as though that was some indication of quality.  
((Producers who continue to value sugar without regard to flavors, physiological development of the grapes and acidity are missing the boat, in our view.))

Chuck Wagner must have never gotten rid of the "bug" to make Pinot Noir.  He has about 150 acres in Santa Maria, just north of Santa Barbara.  He's also working on a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir "project."

The Pinot Noir appears not under his Caymus or Mer Soleil labels, but as "Belle Glos."  This is named after Chuck's Mom, Lorna Belle Glos-Wagner.  One of her grandfathers was a grape grower who had a vineyard on Howell Mountain, while the other was a winemaker at Inglenook in the early 1900's!  She's still living on the Caymus property.

The early releases were okay, but seemed to lack a bit of polish and brightness.  The wines seem to have gotten better over the past few vintages, so the learning curve was a relatively speedy one.

The wines are curiously dark in color, so you might wonder if the wines are 100% Pinot Noir.  The winery tech sheets point to small-berried clones of Pinot Noir for the remarkably intense color.  They do not disclose the level of alcohol in the wine, nor is the amount of residual sugar mentioned, though the wines tend to have a touch of sweetness.

We have not tasted the newly-released 2014 bottlings, but note that the wines have taken a dramatic increase in price.  We had been selling one of the 2013s for $39.99 and another for $46.99.  The new vintage are retailing for close to $60!

We're wondering if Mr. Wagner elevated the prices to allow the Belle Glos brand to appear as having greater value to a potential suitor, should the brand be up for sale.  Having a higher value on the inventory would probably raise the price of the Belle Glos brand.



They had introduced an entry-level bottling and this wears the brand name "Meiomi."

The name is said to be a Wappo and/or Yuki word referring to the "coast."  And the grapes are sourced from coastal vineyards ranging from Santa Barbara, Monterey and north in Sonoma.

It's an appealing little wine for Pinot Noir neophytes, being nicely fruity with cherry cola sorts of aromas and served at cool cellar temp...not a wine for aging, as it's best consumed in its youth.

The Meiomi brand was sold off during the summer of 2015, as the Constellation company acquired the label for a cool $315 Million.  
No acreage.  
No winery.  
Just the brand name and the label.  

Wow...good luck to Constellation and congrats to Joe Wagner for hitting the jackpot!  
We wonder how Constellation will make this work.

Currently in stock:  

MEIOMI 2013 Pinot Noir  SOLD OUT


A fellow from West Sussex in England was, apparently, not much of a fan of cricket and he didn't care for fox hunting, either, so he made his way to Brooklyn in New York.

Having difficulty understand their version of the English language, Sir Tim Telli packed his bags once again and ventured to the west coast in search of his fortune.

He had become interested in wine when he arrived in the U.S. and so California seemed like a good place to pursue this passion.  Telli landed a retail gig at Mill Valley's Vintage Wine & Spirits shop.  Here, under the tutelage of Richard Leland, Tim became further immersed in the world of wine.

Telli did some work in wineries such as AP Vin, August West and ROAR.  And he and his family now reside in San Francisco where he makes his tiny production Betwixt wines.

We tasted a couple of wines and found a 2014 vintage Pinot Noir from the Lester Family vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains to be quite good.

The vineyard is located in Corralitos, so it's fairly close to the ocean.  The marine influence there is marked, so it's a challenge to ripen Pinot Noir.

Tim made all of two barrels of this lovely wine.  Both of them were brand new.  French oak.  And the wine is really light in color, looking like a dark rosé.  But what it lacks in color, this makes up for in fragrance and flavor.  It's intensely cherryish on the nose and has bright, snappy red fruit notes on the palate.  

If you're at all a fan of "mountain" Pinot Noirs, give this a try.  It's a 





The Patz & Hall story began in the mid-1980s when Donald Patz was a marketing guy at Flora Springs and James Hall was assistant winemaker there.  The two eventually went their separate ways, but were pals who decided a collaborative effort would be a challenge.

Add to the mix, Anne Moses (she turns water into wine) and Heather Patz (the glue that holds the place together) and you have a couple of dynamic duos.

They've been making really fine Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays for nearly three decades.  They bottle a regional Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast), along with a number of single vineyard offerings.  

Impressively, the wines have been consistently good.  I don't know if they're attentive in the vineyard and cellar or if they sell off wine in bulk which doesn't make the cut.  But what they choose to put their label on has been reliably fine.

The founders hit the jackpot in the Spring of 2016 when the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates company bought the whole operation.  Patz & Hall say they're sticking around, but we do not know the future of this place.

Winemaker James Hall.

The 2013 Sonoma Coast is a delightful wine.  It's from a number of famous-named vineyards...Dutton, Martinelli, etc. Lots of nice cherry, pomegranate and berry notes with some brown spice tones such as nutmeg, clove and cinnamon.  The wine is smooth, supple and easy to drink.  It's best at cool cellar temp, of course.  Probably best in its youth, too.

There's a Hyde vineyard bottling of Pinot these days...we've long been fans of the Hyde bottling of Chardonnay.  From the Carneros region, the 2013 displays loads of strawberry fragrances and flavors.  It's wonderfully perfumy, too.  Exotic.  

The Pisoni bottling is one of the best Pisoni vineyard wines on the market...deeply fruity, fairly full as Pinots go...nice now with duck or lamb as there's even a little 'grippy' edge to this wine.


Currently in stock: 2014 PATZ & HALL Sonoma Coast PINOT NOIR  (Winery Price $47) SALE $39.99

2013 PATZ & HALL Santa Lucia Highlands "PISONI VINEYARD" PINOT NOIR  89.99 (last bottles)





For an old, well-established winery, we find Sinskey to be a name that's a little bit below-the-radar of many wine drinkers.  

Part of this lack of notoriety is due, in part, because Sinskey isn't a huge public relations guy.  In fact, he's a bit allergic to many wine publications, not offering free samples of his wines so that some critic can come up with a numerical score to describe and quantify the wine.  When you make wines which are intended for the dinner table and not for beauty contests, this is a perfectly sensible philosophy.

In fact, Rob Sinskey proudly says he's not interested in making a wine that's going to earn a 96 point rating from today's critics.  In fact he says "We don’t care what score the wine didn’t get because we don’t want to drink what is currently defined as a 96 point Pinot Noir. We prefer to work with nature, grow it well and do  the minimal to make a classically proportioned Pinot Noir."

The Sinskey name has been around for more than two decades and we think they make terrific Pinot Noir these days.  

The story began with Rob Sinskey's father, who was a doctor and wine aficionado.  He bought some land in the Carneros region as the acreage was economical in those days.  Doc Sinskey was selling grapes, but then when the big winery buying his fruit was sold, the new owners cancelled the contract.  And Sinskey ended up being "paid" for past sales by, essentially, inheriting land in the Stags Leap District which had a winery use permit.  Soon the Sinskey name would be emblazoned on bottles of wine.

Young (at the time) Rob Sinskey had received a degree in fine arts from a school in New York and dad needed help.  Sinskey's been helping ever since.

Over the years they'd purchased grapes from neighboring growers to augment their production and finally they decided to just grow their own.  And in the early 1990s they embarked on a program of cultivating grapes biodynamically.  

The 2013 Carneros Pinot Noir is a delight.  The wine has beautiful Pinot Noir fragrances with notes of cherry, strawberry and pomegranate.  Oak is not a main feature of this wine, as they work diligently to showcase the grape in Sinskey wines.  The tannins are modest and it's delicious in its youth and should remain in good condition for a number of years.  
Currently in stock:  2013 ROBERT SINSKEY Carneros PINOT NOIR SALE $41.99


Marguerite Ryan, known as "Peggy" to her friends, graduated from law school but then enrolled in the University of Warren Winiarski.  

That "school" has many noteworthy graduates, including Paul Hobbs, John Kongsgaard and Michael Silacci.  Add Peggy Ryan to the list.  

She came to California in the early 1990s and enrolled in some enology classes.  Ryan landed a job at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars doing lab work.  

The Ryan Cellars label was born in 1996 and it's grown from a mere 70 cases of wine to several hundred.  Knowing she tries to make balanced and refined wines, I suppose Mr. Winiarski influence has had a major impact on her winemaking philosophies.  

The Ryan Cellars label has offered Pinot Noirs from several top, famed vineyard sources.  Peay Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast appellation is one.  Another is the famed Pisoni Vineyard, along with other Santa Lucia Highlands sites.  There's also been Pinot Noir from a vineyard in Napa's Wild Horse Valley (where Winiarski used to source Riesling, once upon a time).  And there's been a Pisoni vineyard bottling, too.

Today we have a Sonoma Coast bottling from the 2013 vintage.  The total production is a whopping 42 cases.  Yes...two barrels.  It comes from the Walala Vineyard, a little patch in the northwestern part of the Sonoma Coast appellation.  The Kosta Browne winery has used fruit from this place for its Sonoma Coast bottling.

Ryan's wines tend to be lighter and less oaky, so if you're a Kosta Browne fan, this is probably not a wine you'll find to be to your taste.


We like it, though.  But then we don't require a wine to be inky dark in color, have tons of oak (though we do enjoy a bit of wood in some of our wines) or be tannic or sweet.  

Currently in stock: 
2013 RYAN CELLARS "Sonoma Coast" Walala Vineyard  $45.99


Throwing caution out the window is winemaker and former sommelier Joshua Klapper.  

He's a young fellow who grew up on the East Coast and as a teenager, found himself a job as a server at Cafe Boulud, a chi-chi New York restaurant.

Klapper was exposed to the world of wine and with a sniff and sip of a 1945 Chateau Latour, the kid was doomed.  

He ended up at USC in business school in 2001 and the following year was working in a new, fancy place in Los Angeles.  Being closer in LA to good wineries than he was in Manhattan, Klapper dreamed of making his own wine and having his own brand.  And so, La Fenetre was born in 2005.

I know we were amongst their earliest wine merchant accounts.  I'd tasted the wine at a trade event in Southern California (I go there to spy, once in a while) and was impressed by their Syrah.

And Klapper still makes good Syrah, but we were recently enchanted by a couple of really good Pinot Noirs.

Under the La Fenetre label we have a 2009 from the Sierra Madre vineyard.  This site was planted back in 1971 and the parcel Klapper uses comprises an acre and a half and features four clonal selections of Pinot Noir.  

The wine is light in color, intensely fragrant with nice Pinot Noir aromas and a touch of an earthy note.  We like the strawberry quality and the hint of brown spices from the oak.  It's a smooth red wine...medium to medium-light bodied.

The price is right, too.  He had been asking fifty bucks for this, but as the market is hugely competitive and a bit sluggish at the top end, we're able to offer this for $29.99.

There's also a "second" label called A Cote...
2010 À Côté Pinot Noir
The grapes came from a vineyard in Mendocino's Anderson Valley, but they labeled it merely as "North Coast" since the grape grower didn't want their name on a wine costing twenty bucks.

The vineyard is young and it's farmed organically according to Klapper.  He decided to leave 20% "whole clusters" in the fermentation tank, wanting to capture as much berry fruit as possible.  And he did!  

This is a lovely "everyday" shows handsomely at cool cellar temp.

Currently in stock:  2009 LA FENETRE Sierra Madre Pinot Noir (List $50) Sold Out

2010 A COTE "North Coast" PINOT NOIR Special Sold Out




The owners of the Saintsbury winery in Napa's Carneros region started making an entry-level bottling of Pinot Noir they dubbed "Garnet."

It was a great bottle of well-priced wine but the tremendous success it had took the spotlight away from their normal bottling of Carneros Pinot, as well as the various single-vineyard wines they made.

Sales of Garnet grew to such a level that they ended up building an entirely separate winemaking facility for it and then, one day in late 2010 or early 2011, they sold the Garnet brand as well as the winery where it was being produced.

The buyer of the brand is the vineyard company which had been supplying Saintsbury with the Pinot Noir grapes, Silverado Winegrowers.  The Silverado bunch owns something like 11,000 acres of vineyards, with holdings for the Garnet brand being situated in Monterey County, Carneros and the Sonoma Coast appellations.

We currently have their 2014 Monterey bottling of Garnet Pinot Noir.  It smells and tastes like good Pinot Noir, is below 14% alcohol and sells for $14.99 a bottle.  This is a remarkably classy wine at what is today's "entry-level" price-point for California wines.



The Garnet folks have dabbled in Sonoma Coast Pinots and their 2012 two-vineyard blend is really good.
The fruit comes from their Rodgers Creek and Petaluma Gap vineyards. 
We included the 2012 in a blind-tasting of Pinot Noirs.  We had Saintsbury and Neyers as the benchmarks, along with 6 other wines from "new" brands or new labels.  This was one of them.
Garnet 2012 was the second least-costly wine in the tasting and it ran away with the first place prize!

What a pleasant surprise, in this day of greedy pricing, to have a wine intended to be priced fairly and honestly for the consumer!

Don't miss it.


Currently in stock:  2014 GARNET Monterey County Pinot Noir  Sale $14.99
2012 GARNET Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir  Sale Price $21.99






This is another small production California Pinot Noir from a guy who worked in real estate before being bitten by the wine bug.

Terry Bering started by making a batch of homemade Cabernet in 1983 and in 1985 he discovered Pinot Noir.  After making a rather nice wine, he began in earnest by working the crush at Rochioli for the 1988 and 1989 harvests.

In 1990 Rochioli hired him as their Cellar Master.  Terry made his first "pro" bottling from the 1992 vintage and he's been at it ever since.

Rochioli even sells him a modest quantity of their fruit and Castalia's 2013 vintage tallies to a massive 370 cases!

The wine shows some nice fruit, as one might expect of Rochioli Vineyard Pinot Noir.  The oak is very mild and not really detectable.  It is showing well presently and we expect this to be quite good over the next five years, maybe longer.

Currently in stock:  2013 CASTALIA Russian River Valley PINOT NOIR "Rochioli Vineyard"  $54.99




We've been fans of this relatively obscure brand for more than a decade.  

It was originally a partnership between a Napa Valley marketing specialist and a Napa Valley winemaker.  These days, though, that winemaker seems to have other fish to fry, so the Coho brand is owned solely by wine marketing guru Gary Lipp.

Gary had chosen the name since he notes "Our choice of Coho as the name of our brand might seem curious as it doesn’t invoke images of vineyards or wine, but to us the salmon embodies an innate wisdom so essential to understanding ourselves and our environment. As stewards of the land winemakers must strive to sustain our habitat and the species that share it. And like the salmon we need the steadfast will to keep going no matter how difficult the journey."

We have enjoyed their Bordeaux blend as well as this remarkable Pinot Noir.

The grapes come from a property called "Stanly Ranch" and it's a site in the eastern portion of the Napa-Carneros.  Louis Martini gets credit for really embracing this area and he did so back in the 1940s.  
I can recall driving through the Carneros region in the early 1970s and there were more cattle than vineyards there.  Today the region is carpeted with vines!

They only make a few hundred cases of this special Pinot and we're fans of its lovely dark cherry fruit and the mildly woodsy notes (forest floor tones and a whiff of oak).  It's also a bit richer than a lot of Pinots (and I don't think it's from the addition of Syrah).  The 2012 is quite good...and it's well-priced.

Currently in stock:  2012 COHO Stanly Ranch PINOT NOIR  Sold Out





This young fellow is named Kent (Eric) Humphrey and his brand name is Eric Kent.  

Kent studied French during his time at UC Berkeley and went on to work in the advertising business before being seriously bitten by the wine bug.  

He doesn't have his own winery, but produces some terrific (so far) wines (Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir) at a custom crush facility.  

Each vintage of each bottling comes adorned with some rather interesting art work.  Kent's wife is an artist and she manages to convince her art world colleagues to let their artistry adorn bottles of Kent's vinous artistry.  We've found the various wines we've had in the shop to be of interest, both to the eye and palate.

The winemaking has been "vineyard based."  Like so many winemakers, the mantra here is "great wine is made in the vineyard."  Kent's philosophy is to simply vinify the wine and guide it to bottle with a minimum of fuss.  

We currently have a 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir which is a blend of six clones of Pinot Noir.  Winemakers like to rattle off the clone numbers, as though consumers really care.  Most fall asleep as the vintner prattles on about "Clone 667" or "Clone  777" (is that a Boeing aircraft, or what?).  The fruit comes from 4 different vineyard sites and six different clones of Pinot Noir.
The wine highlights lots of red fruit notes...cherry and raspberry are evident right from the start.  There's a suggestion of oak, but it's nicely intertwined with the fruit.  We think this might age nicely, too, but it's so charming can we resist!?!

As with most Eric Kent wines, production is small.  I think they made 350 cases of this wine.  Pricing remains quite reasonable given the quality.

Currently in stock:  2012 ERIC KENT Russian River Valley PINOT NOIR Sold Out