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.
2015 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
An exuberant burst of raspberry and boysenberry leaps from the glass alongside allspice, mace, and cinnamon stick. This deeply hued beauty features notes of sandalwood with an acid pop to lift the riotous berry. Perfumed with cedar and baking spice, the 2015 Gaps reminds us of a raspberry cordial, loaded with fruit on the palate, extended by a crazy long finish. Drink now through 2024.
Wine Enthusiast – 94 Points. Wine Spectator – 90 Points.
2015 Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Yup, it’s in there – that characteristic fresh sage-loamy-“garrigue” quality that shouts Sangiacomo, Roberts Road. The 2015 vintage features gorgeous forest floor notes enmeshed with black cherry and cedar. Oh, this is a pensive pinot, miraculously shape-shifting in the glass if you’re patient enough to savor 750 ml. over a few hedonistic hours. (Wait? Is that cherry pie emerging from my glass?). The problem: this wine is awfully easy to drink.
Wine Enthusiast – 93 Points.
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.
Wine Advocate – 91 Points.
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. Wine Advocate – 91 Points. Wine Enthusiast – 93 Points.
The Dry Creek Valley is zin country. And we are tickled deep purple to source from our own Rockpile parcel known as “the Swale” block. This zin is not pink. This zin is not “hot” or “jammy,” which are undeniably great assets to a heavy metal cover band. Bruliam’s Rockpile Zinfandel is a revelation (cue gospel “Amen,” sister). I’m not kidding. You’ve got to try this stuff. Even my mom says so.
Our Current Release
2015 Rocky Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel, Rockpile
A focused core of Santa Rosa plum is wrapped up in anise seed, clove, and pie spice. Hints of mocha underlie brambly fruit and that trademark, Rockpile minerality. The tannins are plush, rich and velvety. With a delicious, dark fruit palate and exotic spice notes, you’ll love the 2015 zin alongside anything braised or grilled. Drink now through 2024.