2015 Vivier Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
To Stéphane, the best winemaker is one that largely keeps his hands to himself, allowing the alchemy of nature to do what it does best. As he says, “Being a lazy winemaker is all about being patient, letting the place talk, and being gentle with the grapes. Making it simple.” He learned this laissez-faire method of winemaking while growing up in Meloisey, Burgundy, at the feet of an elderly neighbor whose family had been making wine for centuries.
In Napa, Stéphane became the winemaker at HdV (Hyde de Villaine) in 2002, under the tutelage of a great Burgundian winemaker. In some senses, he had come full circle. In other ways, he was just getting started. Because that’s where he met...
Sourcing from three small vineyards in the Petaluma Gap region of the Sonoma Coast, where cool marine breezes clear the hillsides of morning fog, this Pinot Noir thoughtfully blends the best characteristics of each plot of land into a layered, complex whole. Aging in seasoned French Oak and bottling without fining or filtration give this wine balance without sacrificing an ounce of nuance.
Tasting Notes: Beautiful perfume, silky and supple. Great precision of fruit and spice in this delicate wine, with cherry fruit, earthiness, floral and exotic, and a long, elegant finish.
USA, California, Sonoma
100% Pinot Noir
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