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.
Spring Release 2017 (March 13 – 31, 2017):
2015 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Torrey Hill)
Lightly perfumed with nuances of baking spice, ripe strawberries, and even floral notes, this lighter bodied pinot noir will become your go-to vino. Pomegranate and juicy cranberry burst from a palate that channels a touch of earthiness and cinnamon red-hots. The finish is smooth and easy, with a food-friendly acid zing. Drink now through 2022.
2016 Rose of Pinot Noir, Sonoma County
Here we go again, writing up tasting notes for a wine so slurp-able and darned yummy we dare you to finish this paragraph before refilling you glass. Candied grapefruit! Strawberry! Smooth finish! Bright verve! The 2016 is great enough to gulp but will stand strong alongside salmon or chicken. The acid will elevate a cheese platter, and you know, we won’t judge if you down a second bottle the same night. “Porch pounder” sounds un-classy; luckily the sparkly wax dollop on the cork shouts “this is money”. Drink now!
2014 Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
Bursting with blackberries, our 2014 Soberanes is more jubilant than brooding. With layers of cola, sarsaparilla, cigar box, and cedar, this wine is nuanced and deep. Berries, mocha, and dried herbs lift the palate. She reveals complexity in the glass and smoothness on the finish. Drink now through 2024. Wine Spectator – 91 Points and Wine Enthusiast – 93 Points
2014 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Fresh raspberries burst from the glass. Juicy, lush, and fleshy, this pinot wears her vineyard pedigree with style. The high-toned red fruit is bright, while the mouth feel remains lush. Deep magenta in color and finishing with velvety tannins and toasty cedar, this pinot is already awfully inviting. But like a fine race horse, hold her back. If you reign her in, you’ll be rewarded later. Drink now through 2023. Wine Enthusiast – 92 points.
2014 Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Subtle and refined, our 2014 Sangiacomo pinot proffers a ying/yang balance of fruity and savory. Sweet tobacco, cedar, and soft spices marry black plum and berries. Light on her feet and almost ethereal, she finishes with velvety tannins and a whiff of toast. Elegance, nuance, and a feminine touch define this sustainably farmed, Sonoma Coast beauty. Drink now through 2023. Wine Enthusiast – 93 points.