Founded by winemaker Shane McManigle, who has since moved to Oregon, the project is owned by Emily Weissman and Stephan Schindler of Winemonger with Matt Duffy of Vinify taking over the winemaking. The grower is Mark Pasternak.
The name Easkoot is that of Alfred Derby Easkoot, Marin County's first land surveyor.
Eastkoot's first release will be the 2009 Marin County Pinot Noir (Corda Vineyard) and will be available through Winemonger.com.
Articles About Easkoot Cellars
2012 Easkoot Cellars Foggy Bottom Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $20.50. Clones 777, 115 and unknown. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Shy aromas of dark red cherries and berries and balsam lead to a lighter weight palate of black cherry and cranberry fruit. Flavorful and pleasant to drink with fine grain tannins and a dry finish which is a tad dilute. Score: 87. Reviewed January 20, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Foggy Bottom by Easkoot Cellars Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $21. Clones 115, 777, 667 and Swan. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The nose starts out with complimentary cherry and oak aromas, becoming more oak-dominated over time in the glass. Soft, supple and easy to drink, with flavors of black cherry, ollaliberry, root beer and oak. The wine snuggles in nicely on the mid palate, finishing slightly shallow, but with a good cut of acidity and a tug of aromatic candied cherry. There is more oak at play in this wine than I prefer. Score: 87. Reviewed April 20, 2015 ARTICLE »
2011 Easkoot Foggy Bottom Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., 250 cases, $28. Sourced from Keller Estate (El Coro Vineyard) in the Petaluma Gap. Clones 667, “828,” and La Tache. Aged in seasoned oak. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Fresh uplifting aromas of strawberries, red cherries and sandalwood. Light and elegant, yet flavorful and satisfying, with the vivid taste of red cherry, baking spice, and brewed tea. Beautifully integrated tannins and acidity, offering a relaxed drinking experience. I was taken by the finesse in this wine. An entry level wine that sparkles. Very good, even outstanding at this price point. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »
2011 Easkoot Chileno Valley Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir
13.1% alc., 350 cases, $39. Vineyard is six miles from the Pacific Ocean and bathed in nightly fog. Harvest Brix 22.5º. Clones 777, 115 and unknown. 20% whole cluster. Indgenous fermentation. Aged in 20% new Marcel Cadet French oak barrels. Winemaker Matt Duffy. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. The aromas are a bit different and interesting with notes of candied cherry, blood orange, spice, lilac and vanilla cream. Medium to full-bodied core of black cherry fruit with impressive mid palate attack and finish. Slightly earthy with hints of cola and oak. More body and structure than many Marin County Pinot Noirs, with commendable harmony, finishing slick and clean. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »
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