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Samantha Sheehan founded POE in 2009 specializing in single-vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Anderson Valley, Manchester Ridge and Carneros vineyards. The winemaker is Jonathan Keyes, currently an assistant at Outpost Wines working under noted winemaker Thomas Brown.
The 2010 offerings include a Ferrington Vineyard Chardonnay and Angel Camp Vineyard Pinot Noir. My brief encounter with these wines indicates this is a winery to put on your radar.
The wines are sold through the website store and a mailing list. The wines are offered on notable wine lists including those at Michael Mina in San Francisco, The French Laundry in Yountville, and Mustards Grill in Yountville.
2013 POE Van Der Kamp Vineyard Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir
13.6% alc., $45. This iconic vineyard, located at 1,400 feet elevation at the top of Sonoma Mountain, was planted in the late 1950s. · Moderately light crimson color in the glass. Seductive aromas of fresh cherry pie glaze, cranberries and a touch of oak. The bright black cherry core lifts the senses and the vibrancy is thirst-quenching. Nicely spiced, with modest tannins, as well as welcome elegance and balance. Even better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle showing more flavor intensity on the palate. Impressive wine from a celebrated vineyard! Score: 93. Reviewed August 18, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 POE Hudson Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir
13.6% alc., $45. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Very shy aromas of dark berries, oak and a little barnyard. Middleweight flavors of dark berries, grilled mushrooms, spice and earth with some oak showing up on the finish. Very supple tannins. Quite typical of many Carneros Pinot Noirs. Rather brooding and mysterious now, improving some over time in the glass, but needing more time in bottle. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, there was still little fruit on the very shy nose and the wine remained rather closed. I sense potential here but patience is required. Score: 88. Reviewed February 4, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 POE Manchester Ridge Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir
13.8% alc., $48. 15% whole cluster. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Very exotic and appealing nose with expressive aromas of dark berry preserves, spice, potpourri and redwood forest. Highly pleasurable on the palate with waves of perfectly ripened, juicy cherry, berry and black plum fruits. Soft in the mouth, with suede tannins and fresh acidity. The wine finishes with a spicy flourish, although not dramatically long. Spectacular the following day from a previous opened and re-corked bottle with highbrow aromatics and flavor to spare. Score: 93. Reviewed February 4, 2014 ARTICLE »
2009 POE Angel Camp Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., 300 cases, $48. Vineyard farmed by noted viticulturist, Paul Ardzrooni.Clones 115, Swan, 2A, Pommard and 667. Aged in 40% new Francois Freres and Remond French oak. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Deep, dark and mysterious with flamboyant aromas of black berries, brewed tea, and oak notes of mocha and vanilla, becoming more vibrant over time in the glass. Full-bodied and very tasty with a luscious and slightly sweet core of black plum and black grape flavors accented by hints of oak and dark chocolate. The impressive depth of fruit is well balanced by acidity and tannins, so it should drink well for several years. Very good. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »