Furthermore Pinot Noir Impresses
I love to give Chad Richards, one of the winemaker/owners of Furthermore Wines, a bad time about the
winery’s labels. The winery's name, Furthermore, is in small script way at the bottom of the label which is 80% blank,
and the name of the vineyard (Furthermore only produced vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs until recently) is in
even tinier print below the winery name. Presbyopic adults will find the label challengingto read to say the least.
That said, I don’t give Chad a bad time about the quality of Furthermore Pinot Noirs for they are superb. I have
been reviewing the wines for many years, dating back to the origins of the winery in 2006 at San Francisco’s
now defunct Crushpad. The wines are now produced at an urban winery in San Francisco (ROAR), which
Chad likes to downplay since consumers often perceive wines produced at urban wineries of lesser quality.
This is definitely not the case with Furthermore Wines which have steadily and dramatically improved with each
I reviewed a number of 2012 Furthermore wines in March of this year, awarding high scores to all the offerings:
Gloria Vineyard (94), Sierra Mar Vineyard (91), Gap’s Crown Vineyard (92), Nevina’s Vineyard (93), and Weir
Vineyard (91). Four additional 2012 vintage Pinot Noirs including a small production, inaugural release special
cuvée are reviewed here.
At this year’s San Francisco International Wine Competition, the Andre Tchelistcheff Winemakers of the Year
award went to Chad Richard, Robert Zeches and Shalini Sekhar of Furthermore Wines. In addition, the 2013
Furthermore Nevina’s Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir won "Best Pinot Noir" in the competition and all 2012
Pinot Noirs received either a Gold or Double Gold award.
The wines are produced from grapes sourced along California’s coastal region, except for the estate Nevina’s
Vineyard which was added to the lineup in 2011. The sources have varied some in different vintages and have
included the following premium vineyards:
Furthermore Pinot Noir is sold on the winery’s website at www.furthermorepinotnoir.com and are sensibly
priced. In addition, the wines are distributed to select restaurants and wine retailers in Northern California. The website was updated and considerably improved while I was writing this feature.
2013 Furthermore Eden Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.72, 125 cases, $50. 100% Mount Eden clone
(thus the name of the vineyard). Harvest Brix 24.6º. Aged in
100% French oak barrels, 40% new.
Moderately light reddish
purple color in the glass. Striking aromas of fresh strawberry,
cherry and sandalwood lead to a light to mid weight core of
intensely flavored oak-kissed cherries. Very forward and
immensely satisfying with a silky mouthfeel, the wine finishes with plenty
of cherry goodness. When tasted later in the day from a previously
opened and re-corked bottle, the wine had further blossomed and offered a
delightful charge of cherry and spice. Plenty of Pinot singing.
2012 Furthermore La Encantada Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 100 cases, $50.
Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Shy, but pleasing aromas of
strawberry, raspberry and woodshed. Darker fruited on the palate featuring flavors of black raspberry and
pomegranate. Forward and enjoyable now, with supple tannins and a lovely velvety mouthfeel that is quite
2012 Furthermore Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.8% alc., 151 cases, $50.
Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Reserved aromas of cherry, rose hips tea and baking spices.
This wine is packed with stunning spiced cherry cola flavor that attacks with a vengeance and persists through
a long, refined finish. The tannins are balanced, the texture is rich and lush, and a mild tug of oak plays in the
2012 Furthermore ALCHEMY Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 88 cases, $85. A new bottling that is a
special cuvée blended from a subset of the winery’s single vineyard designates. This barrel selection is meant
to reflect the vintage and the terroir of the Sonoma Coast and to age well. This wine will be made only in great
vintages when the magic happens.
Moderately dark violet red color in the glass. There is noticeable oak
overlay in this mid weight plus wine which offers a luscious array of darker red and black fruits accented with
spice, cola and dark chocolate. The mid palate attack is intense and the finish is rich and satisfying. Lay this
one down for a few years to allow the oak to settle in and the aromatics to fully arrive.