Vineyard: Two Birds

OwnerMcWilliams Family
AppellationRussian River Valley
StoryPart of the Arista estate on Westside Road.
VarietiesPinot Noir
ClonesCalera, Pommard, Swan
Trellis Spacing3.5' x 7'

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2013 Arista Two Birds Estate Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.87, TA 0.53, 144 cases, $82. Vineyard is named after proprietors Al and Janis McWilliams who call each other “bird” and live next to these vines. This 3-acre vineyard was planted in 2007 to Pommard, Swan and Calera clones of Pinot Noir. Soils are a mixture of loam and clay loam. Yield 1.25 tons per acre. Only a few barrels are chosen each year to go into this blend. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Shy, but pleasing aromas of plum, blackberry, violet and spice holding up nicely over time in the glass. A spirited wine that combines grace and machismo. The dark fruits attack and saturate the mouth finishing with outrageous intensity. An oak-driven note of coffee is evident but not intrusive. The mix of clones adds an extra dimension to this wine. Score: 93. Reviewed December 12, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Arista Two Birds Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.75, TA 0.58, 195 cases. Released fall 2013. Aged in 25% new, 50% 1-year and 25% 2-year French oak barrels. Vineyard named after proprietors Al and Janis McWilliams who call each other “bird” and live adjacent these vines. Planted in 2007, the 3-acre vineyard contains Pommard clone, Swan and Calera selections. Soils are a well-drained mixture of loam and clay formed from weathered sandstone. Each year select barrels are chosen for the final Two Birds Vineyard bottling. · More structured and intensely flavored than the Harper’s Rest and not as forward. The big-boy fruit veers to the dark red and purple side (black cherry, black raspberry, plum) and is accented by a meaty and bay leaf note. The intense finish is especially noteworthy, lasting what seems like a minute. I would have liked to spend a few hours with this wine to experience it as it unfolded. Score: 94. Reviewed January 20, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Arista Two Birds Vineyard Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

First harvest from the estate vineyard. · Alluring aromas of Bing cherries which pick up intensity with swirling. Intense and fruit-driven with a rich core of cherry fruit, prominent cola flavor, brown spices and notable tannin. Typical of a young vine Pinot. Reviewed August 13, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »