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Vineyard: Corda

OwnerCorda Family
AppellationMarin County
VarietiesPinot Noir, Riesling

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2009 Poe “Nevermore” Corda Vineyards Marin County Pinot Noir

14.1% alc, 150 cases, $38. Winemaker Jonathan Keys worked in the cellar at Sine Qua Non and is now working with Thomas Rivers Brown at Outpost. This is his inaugural release. Back label says, “Ravens that dwell in Marin County inspired him to use the name after the poet who wrote, “The Raven,” in 1845. Very cool label. · This wine is definitely in the Sine Qua Non mode. Deeply colored in the glass. Hi-tone and intensely fruity nose displaying aromas of plum reduction sauce, black raspberries and vanilla wafer. Dense and concentrated flavors of fresh plums and black currants with a subtle note of oak vanillin. The silky smooth texture and fruitiness have seductive charm. The finish is clean and long but leaves a hint of heat in its wake. Syrah in drag. Not my favored style of Pinot Noir, but the saucy fruit will definitely have fans. Good. Reviewed April 11, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Precedent Corda Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir Barrel Sample

The vineyard is a proven source of fine Pinot Noir, so this is a label to watch for. Precedent is the private label of Thomas Fogerty assistant winemaker Nathan Kandler. · These wines are still young and have not come together quite yet but there is good pinotosity in both. Reviewed July 16, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Thomas Fogarty Winery Corda Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir Barrel Sample

This winery was featured in detail in the PinotFile issue this year devoted to Pinot Paradise in the Santa Cruz Mountains. (Volume 6, Issue 21). · Reviewed July 16, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Vergari Wines Corda Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir Barrel Sample

Wine industry veteran David Vergari crafts Pinot Noirs from purchased grapes in Sonoma and Marin counties. He brings years of winemaking experience in both Europe and Australia as well as California to his label begun in 2003. His full story is told in the PinotFile Volume 6, Issue 7. Vergari wines may be purchased by contacting David at 626-818- 8398. Look for his wines in fine retail stores and restaurants. · This barrel sample is delicate with nicely spiced red Pinot fruits. The texture is quite silky and the finish, although a touch hot, is clean and satisfying. Reviewed July 16, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Pey-Marin Trois Filles Marin County Pinot Noir

Only recently bottled and still a bit shocked, it was showing considerable potential. Reviewed March 23, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Pey-Marin Trois Filles Marin County Pinot Noir

13.8 % alc, 320 cases, $39. According to Jonathan, his best yet, “combining great coolclimate Pinot typicity with some nice earthy (dare I say terroir) tones, wrapped with a kiss of new French oak.” · A lot of winemakers say every current vintage is their best yet, but this really is true here. Exciting scents of snappy cherry and oak spice lead off. A sweet-fruited palate of black cherries and black raspberries with a hint of cool minerality follows in step. A crisp and juicy Pinot Noir with impeccable balance. Nice finesse but not wimpy! A thoroughly enjoyable, mouth-filling wine that is brilliantly crafted. Kudos! Reviewed November 12, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Pey-Marin Trois Filles Marin County Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., $39, 350 cases. Jonathan and Susan Pey are the proprietors and winegrowers for both the Mount Tamalpais label (Merlot, Pinot Gris and Riesling) and Pey-Marin Pinot Noir. Their motto is clever: “Beaune in Marin.” Both of the Peys have an experienced background in the wine business and Jonathan seems to be particularly adept at bringing out the best expression of Pinot Noir that Marin County can offer. He produces classic Pinot Noir in all sense of the word, with finesse, balance and lively acidity. This wine is sourced from the Corda, Stubbs, and Kendric Vineyards. · Still young and just-released, this is a Pinot Noir of great promise. Exotic berry and spice notes compose a compelling aromatic profile and the assemblage of red and blue Pinot fruits is complimented by a bracing acid backbone. Like the name after which the wine is named (Trois Filles refers to the Pey’s three daughters), this is a classy feminine -styled Pinot Noir that is a perfect companion both before and during a fine meal. Reviewed July 16, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 Corda Vineyards Marin County Pinot Noir

The Corda family is the largest grape grower in Marin County with 50 acres of vineyards and have been ranchers in Marin County since 1884. Brothers David and Hank Corda dissolved the family’s dairy business in 1987 and now concentrate on the vineyards. The 2001 vintage came from Devil’s Gulch Ranch, but the winery is now committed to retaining more of its estate grapes for the family’s namesake label and the 2004 is at least partly from the vineyard’s own grapes. · Both vintages are similar in style. Elegant, light in color and alcohol (13.9%), they feature a soft texture and nuances of spice and vanilla. Reviewed July 16, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2002 Corda Marin County Pinot Noir

13.9% alc. · Both wines are made in a finesse style with a lot of charm. Good food Pinots. Reviewed November 26, 2006 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2001 and 2004 Corda Vineyards Marin County Pinot Noir.

The Corda family is the largest grape grower in Marin County with 50 acres of vineyards and have been ranchers in Marin County since 1884. Brothers David and Hank Corda dissolved the family’s dairy business in 1987 and now concentrate on the vineyards. The 2001 vintage came from Devil’s Gulch Ranch, but the winery is now committed to retaining more of its estate grapes for the family’s namesake label and the 2004 is at least partly from the vineyard’s own grapes. The winery’s website, www.cordawine.com, is under construction. The winery is open by appointment and is located at 845 Chileno Valley Road in Petaluma. Phone 707-781-9310 to place orders for wine. · Both vintages are similar in style. Elegant, light in color and alcohol (13.9%), they feature a soft texture and nuances of spice and vanilla. Reviewed July 16, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »