|Owner(s)||Paul Dolan, Heath Hurst, Phil Hurst, Sylvia Hurst, Ginny Lambrix|
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Founded by partners Paul Dolan, former Director of Winemaking at Fetzer Winery and Phil, Heath and Sylvia Hurst. Mark De Meulanaere and winemaker/viticulturist Virginia Lambrix were brought into the partnership as well. Located in Dry Creek Valley, the estate has 26 acres of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah vineyards, 5 acres of garden, and a tasting room.
A "Black Sheep" Pinot Noir is produced from purchased grapes.
The tasting room at 5610 Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg is open from 11:00 to 5:00 daily. The wines are sold online. 707-433-9545.
2007 Truett-Hurst Black Sheep Sonoma County Pinot Noir
14.7% alc., $40. This label is a partnership between Phillip Hurst and Heath Dolan. Paul and Heath Dolan’s forebears purchased what was a sheep farm, Truett Ranch, turning it into one of the first vineyard sources for the historic Italian Swiss Colony brand. Grapes for this wine are sourced from Sonoma Mountain and the Russian River Valley. Aged 12 months in French oak. · Very dark reddishpurple color in the glass. Shy dark fruits on the nose with an emphasis on newly sawn sweet oak and cardamon spice. Plum fruits are the centerpiece of this fruit-driven wine which veers close to overripeness. Harmonious with nicely balanced fruit and tannins, but nothing really stands out either. Decent. Reviewed December 16, 2009 ARTICLE »