Pinot Month 6-pack Sampler #3 - Next Level Pinot Noirs

$ 234.00 $ 290.00
Pinot Month Sampler #3 - Next Level Pinots
A $290 Value for Just $234

Pinot Sampler #1 features textbook examples of Pinot Noirs from various regions around the world. It's a great representation of what good Pinot tastes like when grown in different regions.

Sampler #3 will take your appreciation of Pinot Noir to the "next level" and features some of our favorite Pinot Noirs in the $30-$60 range. Here you'll experience layers of flavor, subtleties and nuances that the delicious but rather straight forward Pinot Noirs in sampler #1 can't compete with.

Wines included in the sampler (1 bottle each)

Birichino 2021 St Georges Pinot Noir (Central Coast, CA) - The guys at Birichino are one of the few California producers that actually pull off the elegance, complexity and ethereal seductiveness of Burgundy that has made French Pinot Noir so famous and sought after around the world. It shouldn't come as too big of a surprise that Birichino founders and winemakers Alex Krause and John Locke are able to pull this minor miracle off each year as they mentored under Califonia's original Francophile/Rhone Ranger winemaker, Randall Graham at Bonny Doon.  
Most of the tiny cluster, immaculate Saint Georges fruit comes from three blocks farmed by George Besson off the eastern flank of Santa Cruz Mountains.  This small corner of the Santa Clara Valley is noted for producing red wines that can be identified by the scent of botanical extracts, mountain herbs, and cherry liqueur. As always, the St Georges Pinot is vinified under the mysterious and prismatic auspices of wild yeast with an elevage of cement tanks and quite old barriques before being bottled, unfined and unfiltered.  Black cherries and rose petals start the balance of dark and rich and light and elegant that is a common theme throughout your drinking enjoyment of this wine. Your mid-palate is hit some acidity that turns that dark fruit up front to hints of strawberries and raspberries. This wine has some bramble characteristics, but the acidity really helps keep it balanced and light.

Illahe Vineyards 2019 Bon Sauvage Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, OR) - Illahe Vineyards is one of Oregon's shining stars of organic wine production. Not only are they certified organic, Salmon Safe... they are one of Oregon's few Horse Powered wineries, with the vineyards mowed and tilled with a draft horse team. The Bon Sauvage moniker is a play on Bon Voyage, symbolizing the unique voyage the wine takes every year by utilizing only the native yeasts to ferment with. The 2019 Bon Sauvage presents aromas of cigar box, cedar chest, forest floor, fennel, earth, and erratic stone leads into a pallet of lingonberry, blueberry, violet, cranberry, and raspberry seed. This pinot is structured with fine tannin and finishes with clove, tobacco, and fresh cut fir. This pinot will age well for at least 10 years to come.

Morey-Coffinet 2020 Bourgogne Rouge (Burgundy, France) - Many Burgundy insiders call Morey-Coffinet one of Burgundy's most exciting domaines and one of the region's rising stars. The Morey and Coffinet domaines were joined in 1978 with the marriage of Michel Morey and his wife Fabienne Coffinet who combined vineyard parcels they’d received as wedding gifts. Since taking over the estate 10 years ago, their son Thibault has elevated both the farming and winemaking practices and the wines have reached new heights. Top Burgundy is a rare and expensive commodity these days as there was never enough to supply demand, but a string of small (but high quality) vintages have driven prices even higher and at $42, the Morey-Coffiney is a fantastic value. Domaine Morey-Coffinet Bourgogne Pinot Noir Côte d'Or 2019 comes from the village of Chassagne, both Santenay and Puligny sides.
The wine captures the roasted, muscular aromas of Chassagne terroir and displays a silky texture and balance. The wine spends 10 months in oak barrels (30% of which are new). The end result is integrated and seamless, already. Breathtaking, vibrant, textured, earthy, and polished. This is serious Bourgogne, laced with all the trappings of bonified Chassagne Rouge - notes of cranberry, ripe red cherries, cinnamon, tree bark, herbs, baking spices, amaro, mushrooms, cedar and clove harmonize--cloaked on a substantial backbone of velvety texture and tannin. We recommend a 45 minute decant.

Lucia by Pisoni 2021 Estate Cuvee (Santa Lucia Highlands, CA) - Entirely estate-farmed and sourced from the Pisoni family's premier vineyard sites within the Santa Lucia Highlands (Pisoni Estate Vineyard, Soberanes Vineyard & Garys' Vineyard), the 2021 Lucia Estate Cuvée of Pinot Noir offers up enticing aromas of strawberry compote, juicy cranberry, sandalwood, and black tea leaves, all contained within the embrace of its deep ruby hue. Carefully monitored fermentation temperatures and methodical extraction techniques have produced a wine of remarkable depth, concentration, and complexity. Layers of black cherry, Mission fig, spiced plum, and berry crumble provide a stepping stone for more subtle hints of fresh sage, clove, and vanilla bean to make their voices heard. A true snapshot of these wind-swept vines, this Pinot Noir finishes with vibrant acidity and a distinct, yet noticeably approachable structure.

Hamilton Russell 2021 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pinot Noir (Walker Bay, South Africa) - For 40 years now, Hamilton Russell vineyards have been perfecting Burgundian style Pinot Noir and Chardonnay production in the Walker Bay region of South Africa. Many critics argue that they have achieved their goal and their wines are often compared to French wines that cost 2-3 times their price. Pronounced aromas of mentholated herbs and fynbos dance on the nose of this excellent wine, with supporting tones of forest floor, tilled soil, red currant and cherry. Medium in weight and plush in feel, it offers framing tannins that lend a solid grip to the palate and finish, while a kiss of warming spice graces the close. Well balanced and structured, it's attractive now, but will mature well through 2035.

Irvine & Roberts 2020 Pinot Meunier (Rogue Valley, Oregon) - You may not know what a "Pinot Meunier" is and believe that you've never had one, but you've more than likely drunk one, or at least drunk a wine with a fair amount of Pinot Meunier in the blend. Pinot Meunier, a close relative/mutation of Pinot Noir is one of the 3 main grapes used to make Champagne, with some reporting that it is now the most widely planted varietal in the region! Pinot Meunier has softer acidity than Pinot Noir and brighter, fleshier fruit flavors and is notes for ripening earlier and more evenly that Pinot Noir along with being less susceptible to mildew (all great things in a cool growing region like Champagne). offers captivating aromas of brambly black raspberries, wild strawberries, rose hips and a hint of fine leather. The palate is a provocative mix of density and viscosity, leaving a vibrant, lasting impression. 

6 x 750ml