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Pinot Noir

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:

66063_7+8-14-PN-TH-Bck-TTB2014 Torrey Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Don’t let the fanciful label fool you.  This is a serious wine.  Sour cherry and tart pomegranate marry warm cinnamon stick and clove for our 2014 Torrey Hill offering.  The mid palate offers a pop of blood orange/citrus zest, with a linear and vibrant acid core.  The entry is open and smooth, but this wine demonstrates plenty of ageability.  Crackling with edgy tension, this wine is built for food.  Yet with dedication and patience, she will relax and age with grace.  Label art by Bruno, Lily & Amelia.  Wine Enthusiast – 91 Points.

66063_1+2-14-PN-Gap-Frt-TTB2014 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.


66063_3+4-14-PN-San-Frt-TTB2014 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.


69997_3_4_15_RS_F-012015 Rose of Pinot Noir, Sonoma County
Our 2015 Rose of Pinot Noir is a real winner.  Enchanting white peach and wild strawberry will transport you to another space entirely.  Imagine strolling along a white sandy beach, dining al fresco with your paramour, or finally refinishing that backyard deck.  We’ve captured the romance of summer in glass, without the mosquito bites.  We promise this wine will change your life- at least for a few hours.  Drink now!  Wine Enthusiast – 90 points.


61494_2_13 PN Sob F-012013 Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
With Santa Rosa plum, exotic spices, toasty sandalwood and summer berries, this smooth beauty flaunts it all.  A gorgeous, full-bodied entry gives way to a soft, rich finish.  The flavors and aromatics will continue to marry over time, if you’ve got the patience to cellar this one.  Always a fan favorite, the Pisoni family fruit will never disappoint.  Drink now through 2022.  Wine Enthusiast – 93 Points and Editor’s Choice