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The Minor family founded the Four Bears Winery in 2005, later incorporating this label under the new name, Sean Minor Wines. The varietal wines produced include Central Coast Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc from Dry Creek, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carneros Pinot Noir from Napa Valley.
Will Bucklin is the winery's winemaking consultant. They developed a friendship at King Estate Winery in Oregon where Bucklin was a winemaker and Sean Minor was the General Manager.
Sean Minor wines are sold on the website and distributed in 24 states.
2012 Sean Minor Central Coast Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.71, TA 0.57, $9.99. A blend from five appellations, mostly Monterey County. 100% Pinot Noir. Fermented in open-top stainless steel fermenters with punch downs two to three times a day. Aged in oak. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy aromas of berries, underbrush and oak. Darker berries, black cherries and plum fruit flavors are featured in a mid weight style that is soft in the mouth with some finishing intensity. Juicy fruit flavor but there is too much oak on board. Score: 85. Reviewed December 19, 2013 ARTICLE »
2011 Sean Minor Four Bears Central Coast Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $11.99, screwcap. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark cherries, strawberries, anise, pipe smoke, spice and mowed grass. Juicy and frisky, with very little tannin, offering bright flavors of cherries, strawberries, raspberries, earth and sweet smoky oak. Decent. Reviewed January 19, 2013 ARTICLE »
2010 Sean Minor Four Bears Central Coast Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $12, screw cap. · Moderate reddish-purple hue in the glass. Darker fruits are featured with added aromas of kitchen spice, oak and cut flowers. Very soft on the palate with a tasty array of dark red cherry, black raspberry and blueberry flavors enhanced by a touch of oak. Moderately light and easy to drink with commendable tannic support. Lacks finishing strength but otherwise is quite impressive at this price level. Good (+). Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 Sean Minor Carneros Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $14. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. Shy aromas of dark fruits, forest floor and oak. Lighter weight flavors of dark raspberries and blackberries with a subtle smoky, oak char undertone that dissipates over time in the glass. Velvety soft in the mouth. This wine could use more time in bottle. Decant if you pop a cork now. Good (+). Reviewed April 4, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 Sean Minor Carneros Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $14. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Earthy black fruit on the nose which is very shy. Somewhat rich flavors of red and black plum with a hint of spice and oak. The wine has a silky presence on the palate with good tannic spine and a refreshing cut of acidity on the finish. A pleasant drink and solid for its price range. Decent. Reviewed February 27, 2013 ARTICLE »
2009 Sean Minor 4 Bears Winery Carneros Pinot Noir
14.5% alc.,pH 3.63, $17 (but available for as little as $13). 100% Pinot Noir and a blend of Pommard and Dijon clones. 100% de-stemmed, coldsoaked for 3 days, aged 9 months in 15% new French oak barrels. · Moderate ruby hue in the glass. Striking perfume of strawberries, raspberries, pear and savory spices. Tasty red, blue and black berry core with a cola and oak note. Quite smooth on the palate and will attract many fans, especially at the low price. A local retailer I know blew out cases of this wine. Will stand up to hearty fare. Very good. Reviewed November 7, 2010 ARTICLE »
2008 Sean Minor 4 Bears Napa Carneros Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $13. · A spicy mother on the nose and palate with added interest from scents and flavors of strawberries, woodshed and cardamon. Lightbodied but pleasing with enough tannin to support the splashy fruit. True to the varietal and surprisingly good for the price. Very good (-). Reviewed February 15, 2010 ARTICLE »