VOLUME 9, ISSUE 39
March 29, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Adventures on the Pinot Trail: World of Pinot Noir - The Seminars Adventures on the Pinot Trail: World of Pinot Noir: The Tastings Talisman: 2010 Pinots are a Giant Step Up from the Ordinary Pfendler Vineyards: Exceptional Wines in 2012 Honor Peter Pfendler Bernardus Winery: Pinot Noir Transcends the Ordinary Winter Games: Taste of International Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted California Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Oregon Wines Pinot Briefs On The Pinot Trail: Rocking K Vineyard Cottages
Heron Lake Winery
David Mahaffey planted Heron Lake Vineyard in 1980 in Wild Horse Valley east of Napa Valley. A boutique grower and producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Mahaffey has crafted estate wine from the site since the first vintage in 1985. The 14-acre vineyard (downsized from the original 24 acres after unsuitable sites were pulled out) is planted to Dijon and Pommard clones of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The appellation is defined by its cool climate (the coolest in the Napa region) and the unique, rocky soils.
The label on the winery's Pinot Noir is a homage to Olivia Brion, suffragette and decedent of a great French wine family. In 1905 she won a huge wager by outrunning a locomotive. Later in life she ignited a furor by publishing passionate letters from her many paramours including Warren Harding and Paul Gauguin. Refer to the website for the full story. See Olivia Brion in Winery Directory for reviews.
The Pinot Noir is served in many fine restaurants and available through the website and retail distribution.
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