California's Ultimate Pinot Noir Experience
Deer Meadows Vineyard - Anderson Valley
Excerpt from Sideways:
Maya: Why are you so into Pinot? I mean, It’s like a thing with you. Miles: Uh, I don’t know, I don’t know. Um, it’s a hard grape to grow, as you know. Right? It’s uh, it’s thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. It’s, you know, it’s not a survivor like Cabernet, which can just grow anywhere and uh, thrive even when it’s neglected. No, Pinot needs constant care and attention. You know? And in fact it can only grow in these really specific, little, tucked away corners of the world. And, and only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot’s potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then, I mean, oh its flavors, they’re just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and… ancient on the planet.
If this strikes a chord with you, reserve your space at this unique this tasting today.
Our specialty is creating Pinot Noir from nurturing growers who’s vineyards are tucked away in beautiful corners of California like: Santa Lucia Highlands, Arroyo Secco, Santa Cruz Mountains, Carneros, Petaluma Gap, Freestone, Sonoma Coast, Russian River, Bennett Valley, Anderson Valley and Mendocino Ridge. This is your opportunity to experience Small Lot, Single Vineyard Pinot Noir skillfully crafted by Tom Stutz. Tom just finished his 40th vintage of coaxing the potential from the worlds most interesting and complex grape variety.
Learn about Pinot Noir from the ground up. During this 2-hour experience you will be guided through our wines from vineyard practices including site and clonal selection, fermentation, barrel aging strategies, blending and the benefits of bottle aging.
You will start your journey with our Blanc de Noir Sparkling wine. (it’s a bit of a rule around here. Sparkling Wine needs to be part of any serious tasting. It’s even better when the sparkling wines are made from Pinot Noir.)
Then we will dive into an assortment of Pinot Noirs that accentuate the variables available to the winemaker. First, you will explore how the yeast that ferments the wine affects the flavors and texture of the wine. We will taste the wines made from the same clone and block of grapes, the only difference is that each lot was fermented with a different strain of yeast. You will experience how the yeast selection influences the structure of the wine as well as the development of different flavors.
The second flight of the tasting will show how the variety of clones and appellation contribute the vast differences in wines made from the Pinot Noir grape. Each clone has the ability to develop certain flavors and characteristics. The vineyard site has a strong influence on how these flavors are expressed.
You'll end up with quite a few samples of Pinot Noir in front of you after tasting all of the individual selections. Then, you can try your hand at blending the unique components to create the ultimate Pinot Noir. The delicate nature of Pinot Noir allows the flavors and textures to be layered to create incredible complexity and balance.
To finish the experience, you will taste a library selection to see how bottle aging can contribute to a wine’s development.
Each tasting will be tailored to your interests. This is the time and place to ask those questions you have always wanted answered.
Available daily at 11am and 2pm by appointment.
$65 per person / Complementary for Wine Club Members and 2 guests