Vineyard: Brown Ranch

OwnersDavid Graves, Richard Ward
AppellationCarneros
VarietiesChardonnay, Pinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2006 Saintsbury Brown Ranch Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir

This is the prize in the Saintsbury lineup and consistently the most outstanding Pinot Noir. The vineyard is planted to Pommard and Dijon 115, 667, and 777 clones on four different rootstocks with many soil types and exposures. Yields range from 2.25 to 3.5 tons/acre. It is the only vineyard over which Saintsbury has complete control. The wine typically shows plenty of earthiness and more black than red-fruit character and its finishing persistence is most characteristic. The wine has a label quite distinct from the other Saintsbury wines. The 2006 vintage has not been released, but Jerome Chery gave me a taste at the Pinot Days event in San Francisco in late June, 2008. · Terrific mouth filling presence with red and black fruits that cascade over the palate in waves leaving a lasting impression. Precocious and pleasing at this early stage. Reviewed August 4, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Saintsbury Brown Ranch Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir

Winemaker Jerome Chery has acquired a sensibility about Pinot Noir from his years with Ted Lemon, and this wine from the winery’s flagship vineyard, is a vin de garde for the Carneros appellation. · Brown Ranch wines (this was a barrel sample) show marvelous purity of fruit with all kinds of layered interest such as spice, earth, forest floor and animale. Reviewed March 23, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Saintsbury Brown Ranch Carneros Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $60. · Enticing aromas of strawberries, Bing cherries, brown sugar and baking spices. An elegant and softly textured Pinot Noir featuring a red fruit profile, a touch of earthiness and a deft touch of oak in the background. A seamless wine with a lingering fruit-kissed finish. Not as stellar as the 2005 vintage, but a fine wine in its own right. Reviewed February 12, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Saintsbury Brown Ranch Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir

Great stuffing here and a finish that is like wings on an angel. Reviewed February 26, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Saintsbury Brown Ranch Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir

Winemaker Jerome Chery has acquired a sensibility about Pinot Noir from his years with Ted Lemon, and this wine from the winery’s flagship vineyard, is a vin de garde for the Carneros appellation. · Brown Ranch wines (the 2006 was a barrel sample) show marvelous purity of fruit with all kinds of layered interest such as spice, earth, forest floor and animale. Reviewed March 23, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 Saintsbury Brown Ranch Chardonnay

14.5% alc., $32. As an additional side note, look for my interview with winemaker Jerome Chery on Grape Radio. · An excellent wine with an appealing creamy texture. Topical fruits and bananas in the nose, butter and mineral highlights in the middle, and a clean finish. A very nice compromise between the big, oaky Chards and the more austere, stainless fermented Chards made in California today. Reviewed February 26, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 Saintsbury Brown Ranch Carneros Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 5,100 cases, $60. This is the flagship Pinot Noir in the Saintsbury lineup and is worth every penny. · It is the most stylish of the wines with a certain breeding apparent. This is a Pinot to spend time with as the aromas and flavors of cherries, black raspberries, currents, roses, cola, cinnamon, and damp leaves come and go with fascinating and ever changing combinations. The entire spectrum of Pinot fruits can be detected. The wine is light on its feet with very good balance. A true collectable that will hold your interest for years to come. Reviewed February 26, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »