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

 

 
 
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2016 Russian river valley pinot noir (torrey hill)

Ruby-hued in the glass, the 2016 RRV pinot brandishes dark plum, black cherry, Dr. Pepper cola, and hints of ethereal violets.  A palate of bright red fruit is enlivened by softly textured, fine grain tannins.  Juicy acidity urges you to reach for another sip.  This pinot is a quintessential Russian River classic that embraces its terroir with delicious joy.

Wine Advocate - 91+

 
 
 
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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.  Wine Advocate - 90 Points.

 
 
 
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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.  Wine Advocate - 91+ Points.

 
 
 
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2015 Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

Succulent raspberry and juicy plum mingle with cedar, Asian five spice, clove, and whiffs of sweet tobacco.  The bright fruit on the palate finishes with a touch of forest floor and earthy underbrush.  This balanced wine features seductive berry flavors, soft and integrated velvety tannins and a smooth, long, complex finish.  This wine truly speaks to site and whispers “Soberanes” with every magical sip.  Drink now though 2026.  

Wine Advocate – 92 Points.  Wine Enthusiast – 93 Points.

 
 

 

Zinfandel

 

 
 

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

 

 
 
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2015 Rocky Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel, Rockpile

She has a snappy new package but the same mouthwatering juiciness you know and love.  Black plum and exotic spices co-exist with sandalwood and rich star anise.  Crushed French herbs linger in the background, and a mouthful of dark fruit offers terrific length.  That trademark Rockpile minerality keeps the wine focused and taut.  This is a food friendly zinfandel with soft tannins that invite sip after sip after sip.  Roasted, braised, or grilled, pick your favorite protein to pair alongside this totally yummy zin.  Drink now through 2024.

Wine Enthusiast - 90 Points.

 
 

 

chardonnay

 

 
 

Chardonnay is the ultimate winemaker’s grape.  Chardonnay can be twisted and pulled and manipulated like taffy to express everything from citrus to tree fruit to stone fruit.  And let’s not forget the impact of your oak program, secondary fermentation and its accompanying metabolites.  Luckily for me, I can harness my inner beret and boat-neck t shirt* with an intense, focused, citrus driven offering.  *Notice I did not incant “mime makeup” to express my love of French wines.

 
 

 

our current release

 

 
 
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2017 heintz Vineyard chardonnay, sonoma coast

If you want a butterball, buy a turkey.  If you want “Cougar Juice,” try Napa (DOH!).  Lemon peel, citrus blossom, and hints of white flowers suffuse this linear and zesty chardonnay.  Bright acid imbues a zippy lift, making this vino food friendly and versatile.  But don’t be fooled by adjectives like “lean.”  This chardonnay showcases roundness on the palate and textural fullness.  Each vibrant mouthful of heavenly citrus keeps you yearning for more.  Drink now through 2024.

Fall 2018 Release