Typecast as “The Heartbreak Grape,” pinot noir is also the most plastic, expressive, and beguiling of classic French varietals. We are being unbiased here. Pinot seduces with heady aromatics that range from perfumed violets to candied berry to spice and earth. At Bruliam, we select vineyards that specifically showcase distinct aromatic and flavor profiles. We source pinot noir from sites so unique and iconic that even a novice alcoholic could distinguish one bottle from the next.
Our current releases:
2013 Torrey Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Bing cherry and red fruit dance on the palate with baking spice and toasty notes. This bottling reflects a year of intensive viticulture. This wine showcases more nuance and depth than the 2012. Aromatics are warm and deep with a palate of red fruit that leaps from the glass. We couldn’t feel prouder of our 2013 home ranch fruit. This wine wears its vineyard designation with pride. Drink 2015-2022. Label art by Bruno, Amelia, and Lily. Wine Enthusiast – 90 Points.
2013 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Deep ruby in the glass, this wine features ripe summertime blackberries and raspberries overlaid with nutmeg, allspice, and Asian 5 spice. Cedar, sweet oak, and toast round out the seductive aromatics. Berries and lively acid burst in your mouth and through the round finish. There are no angles here – just rich, soft curves. Drink 2015 – 2022. Wine Enthusiast – 91 Points & Cellar Selection.
2013 Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
With more palate weight and heft than the 2012 vintage, the 2013 bottling showcases black cherry and Santa Rosa plum wrapped in sandalwood and sweet tobacco. Velvety tannins add dimension to a rich mouthfeel. Drink 2015-2024.
2014 Rose of Pinot Noir, Sonoma County
Must we really re-write tasting notes for the 2014 rose?! It’s rose. It’s got strawberry and hints of red fruit. It’s yummy enough to gulp. There’s enough acid to pair against your favorite triple cream brie or gooey unpasteurized delight. But since a fraction was fermented in neutral oak, you can slurp this alongside salmon or chicken. We love it best as the “first course.” Finish your rose at the BBQ, while you cook dinner. “Porch pounder” sounds un-classy; luckily the sparkly wax dollop on the cork shouts “this is money.” Drink now!
2012 Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
The 2012 is our most perfumed and aromatic bottling yet from the Soberanes Vineyard. Held back for a full year of bottle aging (after 11 months in French oak, 30% new), this wine exhibits a beautiful nose highlighted by dark fruits, brambles, and a hint of leathery and loamy earth. Seamlessly integrated cigar box and sweet cedar round out the aromatics. The wine has a full and voluptuous mouth-feel with well-balanced tannins and smooth finish. This pinot is delicious to drink now and will continue to improve through 2021.