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:
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.
2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Torrey Hill Vineyard)
Our very first vintage from our home ranch Torrey Hill, this wine is all about the cherry - bing cherry, black cherry, and cherry hard candy. The delicate red fruit shines through with a singular purity kissed by minimal oak influence. This wine showcases a lighter, ethereal, and more feminine style of pinot noir. Drink 2014-2020. Label art by Bruno, Amelia, and Lily. Sorry – sold out!
2012 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
This wine features black cherry and raspberry that are overlaid with nutmeg, allspice, and Asian 5 spice. Cedar and sweet tobacco round out the seductive aromatics. Cherry pie with lively acid bursts in your mouth and through the finish. The 2012 has more grip and texture than 2011, with enough tannin and vibrant acidity to weather cellar age. Drink 2014-2024. 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast + Cellar Selection
2012 Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Vibrant red fruit with juicy cranberry, watermelon Jolly Rancher candy, and sweet summer raspberries provides smooth and easy drinking. Sarsaparilla, rich sandalwood and cola round out the low notes. This wine has developed lovely mid palate weight and fine grain tannins. Drink 2014-2020.