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Furthermore Wines

Owner(s) Chad Richards, Bob Zeches
Web site www.furthermorewines.com
 
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Furthermore Wines

Two lifelong friends and partners produce single vineyard Pinot Noirs from several cool-climate growing regions in California. An estate vineyard, Nevina's, located in the Sonoma Coast town of Occidental, was added in 2011. The winery began in 2006 at Crushpad, with production shifting to an urban winery in San Francisco for recent vintages.

The wines are available online and through a few select restaurants and wine shops in the San Francisco Bay area.

Reviewed Wines

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. Score: 94. Reviewed August 18, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Furthermore Gloria Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.61, 164 cases, $40. Inaugural wine from this vineyard. Calera, Swan and Pommard clones. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 50% of which were new Cadus. · Light cherry red color in the glass. Enticing aromas of red cherry pie glaze, cranberry, rose petal and conifer. Inviting, forward flavors of cherry, raspberry, sandalwood and baking spices including cinnamon. Lighter in weight, but packing a wallop of flavor that hangs on through a lengthy and silky finish. When re-tasted later in the day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine had become an irresistable cherry bombast and my family couldn’t keep their hands off it. Score: 94. Reviewed March 16, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Furthermore Sierra Mar Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

15.0% alc., pH 3.73, 115 cases, $40. Pommard and 23 clones. Harvest Brix 27.0º. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 45% of which were new Remond. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. There is plenty of harmony in this wine which offers an array of aromas including cherry, raspberry, spice, vanilla, cola and forest floor, and a satisfying core of mid weight black cherry, plum and cassis flavors accented with spice. Impressive fruit presence on the palate with balanced tannins, a silky mouthfeel and an expansive finish. Score: 91. Reviewed March 16, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Furthermore Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.53, 75 cases, $50. Clones 777 and “828.” Harvest Brix 26.0º. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 30% of which were new Damy. · Moderate red cherry color in the glass. Aromas of earthy flora and Bing cherries lead to a highly pleasurable entry of cherry, black raspberry, spice, cola and toasty oak flavors that persist through a fruit-driven finish. The fruit is complimented by balanced tannins and juicy acidity, and the mouthfeel is silky smooth. When tasted later in the day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine became more fragrant with some rose petal showing up to compliment the Bing cherry essence. Score: 92. Reviewed March 16, 2015 ARTICLE »

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 seductive. Score: 91. Reviewed August 18, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Furthermore Nevina’s Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., pH 3.73, 126 cases, $50. Clone 777. Harvest Brix 24.2º. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 25% of which were new Damy. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Delicate aromas of black cherry, blackberry, spice and toast pick up intensity over time in the glass. Delicious array of fruit flavors including black raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry with added notes of complimentary spice, cola and sweet oak. Nicely balanced, with impressive fruit intensity on the generous finish. This wine has a racy energy and a distinctly unique character that is hard to put into words. “I really like it” should suffice. Score: 93. Reviewed March 16, 2015 ARTICLE »

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 background. Score: 91. Reviewed August 18, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Furthermore Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.62, 117 cases, $50. DRC selection, Wädenswil 2A, and Rochioli selection. Harvest Brix 24.7º. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 25% of which were new Cadus. · Light reddish purple color in the glass. Scents of berry patch, strawberry and rainforest fern lead to an exotically flavored wine with mid weight black cherry and plum fruits at the core embellished with underlying notes of clove, anise and dark chocolate. Some noticeable dry and grippy tannins provide structure for aging and should ameliorate over time. This wine has admirable polish and swagger. Score: 91. Reviewed March 16, 2015 ARTICLE »

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. Score: 93. Reviewed August 18, 2015 ARTICLE »

2011 Furthermore La Encantada Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 85 cases, $40. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. This wine speaks of Sta. Rita Hills with good dark fruit intensity and bright acidity. The aromas of blackberry, black currant and licorice are enticing, and mid weight flavors of blackberry, black plum, eucalyptus and spice satisfy. A bit of toast and mocha are in the background. The fruit has good verve, and the mouthfeel is velvety. Score: 90. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Furthermore Nevina’s Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 83 cases, $50. Furthermore’s first estate vineyard. Located in Occidental six miles from the coast planted in 2002 to clone 777 by Scott Zeller. The vineyard was formerly known as Willow Creek and was bottled as a vineyard designate by Rivers-Marie. · My first experience with this vineyard and WOW! Moderately dark reddish purple hue in the glass. Intoxicating aromas of freshly picked and crushed wild berries, spice, and ocean breeze. A little bit untamed, rugged and spirited, with delicious flavors of boysenberry, blackberry, molasses and dark chocolate and a firm tannic spine. The fruit has character and speaks of the earth and a sense of place. The experience is like throwing down fresh, juice berries while sitting on a ridge top overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the Sonoma Coast. This is one sexy wine that really stands out among the excellent Furthermore Pinot Noirs in 2011. Score: 94. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Furthermore Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 81 cases, $50. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of strawberry, cherry and nutmeg draw you into the glass. Beautifully composed and harmonious with gentle tannins balancing the flavorful dark red cherry and berry fruits. There is a touch of dark chocolate, sarsaparilla, vanilla and char adding interest. The attack is expansive and the finish has impressive length. Rosella’s always is a more feminine wine than many from the Santa Lucia Highlands and that character is exemplified in this wine. Score: 92. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Furthermore Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 65 cases, $50. A blend of Wädenswil clone and a Romanee-Conti selection. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. A heavy tug of oak dominates the nose which offers demure aromas of black cherry and dark berry jam. More interesting on the palate with less undertow of oak, offering flavors of boysenberry and purple grapes. Rather closed and reticent, and even a bit shallow, tasting primarily of unadorned grape juice. Worth revisiting in a year or so. Score: 88. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2010 Furthermore Bohemian Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.61, TA 0.56, 74 cases, $40, 375 ml $20. Vineyard is 8 miles from the coast in the western reaches of the Russian River Valley. Clones 115, 667 and 777. Harvest Brix 27.3º. Native fermentation, aged 12 months in 33% new French oak barrels. · Dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. A ripe-fruited and full-bodied wine, featuring aromas of black, grilled fruits, peat and fennel and flavors of blackberries and ollaliberries. Dense, concentrated and sappy, but delicious, with a pleasing fruit personality framed by modest tannins, finishing with a burst of citrus-laden fruit. A decadent wine. Score: 90. Reviewed September 29, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Furthermore La Encantada Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.39, TA 0.67, 76 cases, $40, 375 ml $20. Vineyard planted by Richard Sanford. Clones 115, 667 and 777. Harvest Brix 27.5º. Native fermentation, aged 14 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Appealing aromas of blackberries, black raspberries and a dash of toasty oak. Rich and vivid, with plenty of sappy, dark berry and cassis fruit flavors. Smooth in the mouth with discreet tannins and a pleasing hint of oak in the background. The finish is fresh and lively. This wine is woven together nicely and aims to please. Score: 90. Reviewed September 29, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Furthermore Sierra Mar Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., pH 3.47, TA 0.63, 77 cases, $40, 375 ml $20. This vineyard is located at 1,000 feet elevation at the southwestern corner of the AVA. Soils are decomposed granite and gravelly loam. Pisoni clone plus “828.” Harvest Brix 27.7º. Native fermentation, aged 14 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Somewhat brooding on the nose with a roasted dark fruit tone accented by nutty, vanillin oak. Delicious, fullbodied core of fresh dark berries with an earthy undertone. Well-managed tannins with bright acidity and some finishing length. Big and fruity, but everything is in its place. Score: 89. Reviewed September 29, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Furthermore Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.67, 83 cases, $50, 375 ml $25. Vineyard is farmed by Gary Franscioni. Clones “828” and Pisoni. Harvest Brix 24.7º. Native fermentation, aged 14 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of spiced dark red stone fruits with hints of vanilla, nuts and stem. Medium bodied core of dark red cherries with an herbal vein running through and a citrus underpinning. Good crispness and supple tannins, with a bright tag of cherry on the finish. Score: 87. Reviewed September 29, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Furthermore Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 76 cases, $50 (375 ml, $25). Average harvest Brix 27.6º. Native fermentation. Aged 12 months in 33% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddishpurple color in the glass. Very nicely appointed wine with lovely aromas of dark red cherries and berries, rose petals and the inside of a woman!s leather glove. Discreetly concentrated core of dark red fruits with a savory, herbal undertone. The oak is well-integrated, the tannins are ripe and balanced, and there is a satisfying kick of acidity on the finish which is of extraordinary length, lasting more than 30 seconds. Drink or hold. Score: 92. Reviewed September 5, 2013 ARTICLE »

2009 Furthermore Amber Ridge Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.50, TA 0.57, 99 cases, $40. Clones 115, 667 and 777. Aged 12 months in 33% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Ripe black cherry aromas and flavors in a discreetly rich style, underlain with oak and herbs. Veers to the very ripe fruit side. Firm, ripe tannins with a satiny mouth feel. Still solid the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Good. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Furthermore La Encantada Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.45, TA 0.61, 51 cases, $40. Clones 115, 667 and 777. Aged 12 months in 33% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddishpurple color in the glass. Hi-spirited aromas of fresh darker berries, raisin and spice. Mid weight flavors of moderately dark cherries and raspberries draped in muscular, dry tannins. The most striking fruit, albeit super ripe, of all the 2009 Furthermore wines. This wine displays complimentary acidity so typical of Sta. Rita Hills wines. Still solid the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Quite enjoyable. Very good. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Furthermore Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.53, TA 0.63, 47 cases, $50. Clones 115, 667 and 777. Aged 10 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderate ruby color in the glass. Fragrant array of dark red fruits with a hint of sassafras. Modest richness with pleasing flavors of dark cherries and berries with savory herbs and brown spice in the background. Very smoothly textured and easy to drink. Much better the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, displaying richer fruit flavor. Very good. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Furthermore Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.67, 70 cases, $50. Clones 828 and Pisoni. Aged 12 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Very savory in style. Aromas of dark red cherries, sage and other herbs. Herb-toned red fruit with notes of green and black olives. Modest tannins. About the same the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. A bit atypical for Rosella’s in my experience. Good. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2008 Furthermore Amber Ridge Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.66, 75 cases, $39.95. Clones 115, 667 and 777. Aged 12 months in 33% new French oak. · Moderately dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. Restrained but pleasing aromas of strawberries, red raspberries, red cherries, dark chocolate and a hint of barnyard. A charming wine that needs time to open. The red ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit is seductive, accented by pleasing notes of cherry cola, spice and mocha. Impressive aromatic persistence on the finish. Of the three wines, this one evolves more in the glass, is more nuanced, has the most pinotosity, and is the one I prefer. Very good (+). Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Furthermore Bohemian Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.53, 75 cases, $39.95. A very cool vineyard site located in Freestone. Clones 115, 667 and 777. Aged 10 months in 50% new French oak. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Effusive aromas of blackberries, black plums, and Xmas spices. Rustic and earthy with plenty of juicy dark berries, cassis, oak toast and spice flavors. Generous and intense drifting to Syrah in style. Lacks some persistence on the finish. With nicely structured tannins and upfront drinkability, this is a California fruitista wine that will have fans. Good. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Furthermore La Encantada Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.66, 50 cases, $39.95. Organic and biodynamic vineyard owned and farmed by Richard Sanford. Clones 115, 667 and 777. Aged 12 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. Aromas of dark stone fruits and berries highlighted by oak spice and toast. Tasty core of moderately concentrated dark red and black fruits with an earthy and savory caste, and a refreshing citrus tang on the finish. The enticing and heady fruit is lifted nicely by the acidity and the creamy mouthfeel is appealing. This wine gives you a big charge of fruit and little else, but that fruit charge is delicious. Good (+). Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »