A fantastic tiny-production Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley that rivals the best in California. Only 414 cases produced.
94 Points Wine Enthusiast *Cellar Selection*: "From longtime growers based in the Green Valley, this is focused, site-specific wine-making at its finest, an exploration of forested pine and airtight acidity that buzzes on the palate with electricity and freshness. Tannin play a supportive, silky and unobtrusive role, allowing room for plum and dark cherry to speak."
93 Points PinotFile: "Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Soaring aromas of Bing cherry, spice, toast and tobacco lead to a middleweight styled wine with delicious dark cherry fruit. The charge of fruit is buffered by vibrant acidity and silky tannins. There is definite barrel influence, but it seasons rather than dominates the wine. Very enjoyable, with a smooth texture and an exit bursting with savory oak and black cherry goodness. A real charmer and quintessential Russian River Valley in character at a very reasonable price."
After purchasing the property in 1990, the O'Connors decided to give new life to the aging apple orchard, recruiting local vineyard guru and grower Warren Dutton to help put in the vineyards. In 1995, Chardonnay vines were planted over five acres, and in 1996, Pinot Noir (clones 115, Pommard, and 777) was planted over the remaining three and a half. Since their first saleable crop, the grapes have been sought after by many fine wineries. Since 2005, the O'Connors have produced the Pinot Noir themselves under a family label, O'Connor Vineyard.
New Pinot Release from A.P. Vin, one of Pinot's hottest up and coming labels and sourced from the Rancho Ontiveros vineyard in the Central Coast. Very Limited - Only 50 cases were made! Hurry...
previous vintage 93 Points Wine Spectator: "Big, smooth, rich and generous, displaying lively plum, wild berry and blackberry flavors that touch on jammy in a pleasing way. This picks up spice and nutmeg scents, showing a firmness that gives the flavors traction. Drink now through 2020."
95 points - limited
New Release from A.P. Vin, one of Pinot's hottest up-and-coming labels and sourced from the famous Kanzler Vineyard in Sonoma. Tiny production.
95 Points Brix26: "The 2015 vintage has a ton of structure with hints of blackberries and dried cherries on the nose. It's wonderfully savory on the palate specifically with fresh earth and some brown spice notes (nutmeg and cola). Another terrific wine from winemaker Andrew Vingiello."
A.P. Vin is a small-production winery based in San Francisco. Winemaker/owner Andrew P. Vingiello started the company in 2003 and made it his full-time gig in 2005. The wines he makes are single-vineyard Pinot Noir from some of the best sites in California like this limited Kanzler Vineyard release from the Sonoma Coast. The fruit from Kanzler Vineyard is some of the most coveted in all of California and only select few top Pinot Noir producers like Kosta Browne get some.
New Pinot Release from A.P. Vin, one of Pinot's hottest up and coming labels and sourced from the famous Gary's Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands.
93 Points Robert Parker: "The Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard offers lots of savory, medium-bodied, complex notes of sassafras, scrub brush, black cherry, peppery spice and earth in a perfectly balanced, layered package. Its integrated acidity and fine tannin all suggest it will drink nicely through 2022...Winemaker Andrew Vingiello continues to make a bevy of brilliant wines. They’re always packed with fruit, yet never lose typicity or soul. All of these Pinot Noirs were mostly destemmed (a few have 25% whole cluster) and aged in French oak barrels, with an average of 50% new."
93 Points Wine Spectator: "A rich, unctuous style, with layers of mocha, blackberry, wild berry, currant and boysenberry, yet for all the richness, this glides on the palate, ending with a long, lingering aftertaste that keeps repeating the dark berry themes. Drink now through 2022. 275 cases made."
A.P. Vin is a small-production winery based in San Francisco. Winemaker/owner Andrew P. Vingiello started the company in 2003 and made it his full-time gig in 2005. The wines he makes are single-vineyard Pinot Noir from some of the best sites in California like this limited Garys’ Vineyard release from the Santa Lucia Highlands.