Brand new release from one of Santa Barbara's finest small producers Bonaccorsi - highly recommended but limited.
From our original vineyard sites. Dark matte ruby color, with a flash of brick at the rim. Clear and medium bright. Very fragrant and exotically spiced; full of freshly crushed, deep and dusky red plum, strawberry and raspberry, dried flowers, black tea, cracked black pepper, and savory cured meat.
93 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "From a vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills and all destemmed and aged two years in 25% new French oak, the Bonaccorsi 2017 Pinot Noir Fiddlestix Vineyard reveals a medium ruby color as well as beautiful notes of mulberries, cherries, spring flowers, forest floor, and California bay leaf. Seamless, medium-bodied, and elegant on the palate, it's a beautiful wine from this estate to enjoy over the coming decade."
The Bonaccorsi Wine Company began in 1999, when Master Sommelier, Michael Bonaccorsi, set out to produce high quality Burgundian and Rhone styled wines in California’s Central Coast. Mike was a visionary, perfectionist, and a collaborative member of the Central Coast winemaking community and was recognized as one of the top Master Sommeliers in the world. Mike’s first vintages were some of the highest rated Pinot Noir and Syrah wines. His wines have been served at the White House and some of the finest restaurants in the United States.
One of the best new Pinot Noir producers in California! The partners, who all previously worked at Williams Selyem, are deeply committed to crafting high quality, cool climate single vineyard Pinot Nor, Syrah and Chardonnay sourced from vineyards in Northern California. Limited.
94 Points Robert Parker: "Medium ruby-purple, the 2020 Pinot Noir Comptche Ridge is scented of pomegranate, blueberry, tea leaves, mushrooms and forest floor. The medium-bodied palate offers an intense core of perfumed berry fruit supported by grainy tannins and bright acidity, and it finishes long and sapid. Drink it now for its plush, alluring fruit."
previous vintage 96 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "Another stellar wine in this range, the Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Comptche Ridge is fabulous. In this vintage, the Comptche Ridge is a bit richer and deeper than it has been, while avoiding some of the austerity this wine can show. Beguiling in its aromatics and finely sculpted, the 2018 is marvelously complex. There is plenty of tannin, and the acids are bright (as they are for all these wines), but the 2018 is deep and so multi-faceted. It will appeal most to readers who enjoy taut, structured reds."
Located a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, this vineyard sits near the tiny town of Annapolis, and is farmed by Steve Campbell. At approximately 750 feet above sea level, it sits right at the boundary of the marine layer, ensuring that the cool, coastal climate delays ripening well beyond the warmer vineyards to the east. The two-decade-old vines grow on sandy, low-vigor Goldridge soil, which helps reduce yields to near two tons per acre.
Rare new Pinot Noir from renowned winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown and Schrader Cellars: introducing Aston Estate. Limited.
Aston Estate, founded in 2001, is an exceptional Sonoma-based collaboration between winemaker Thomas Brown, vintner Fred Schrader, and as Schrader Cellars coins, "Secret Weapon, Mr. Big." Part of the Schrader umbrella, the 40 acre-estate along the Sonoma Coast produces exclusively Pinot Noir that is classically styled with rich and elegant palate profiles.
The Aston Estate 2020 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a deep, dark, and structured wine from a strong, well-rounded vintage. The wine displays an almost completely opaque dark purple hue in the glass. Exotic aromas of bay leaf, macerated bramble fruit, blood orange and cedar bough emerge from the glass in concert. The palate is defined by mouth-watering freshness from front to back, marked by notes of fresh earth, cherry reduction, crushed rock and primrose. There is so much generosity and complexity to this wine, only time will tell what great notions will come to light in the bottle.