VOLUME 10, ISSUE 3
January 22, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Kutch Wines: 2013 Vintage Provided Compelling & Transparent Wines Alexana: Prescription for Pinot with Unlimited Refills En Garde: 2012 Pinots Very Promising Black Kite Cellars: Outstanding Pinot Noir in 2012 Dolin Estate: New Central Coast Pinots Offer Exceptional Value MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: Evolving to Embrace Quality Birichino: A Mischievous Pair Craft Unique Wines at Right Price Domaine de la Côte: Whole Cluster Goodness Skewis Wines: Pinot from Vineyards with a Pedigree DANCIN Vineyards: Rogue Valley Wines of Distinction Waxwing: Engaging Pinot from an Urban Winery MacPhail Proudly Releases First Estate Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted White Wines Pinot Briefs
Winemaker Faith Armstrong-Foster's own label sourcing grapes for small lot vineyard-designated Pinot Noir. The label displays a stout little boa which represents the primary mode of transport for her growing up on a small island in rural British Columbia.
Faith began her wine industry career as the Tasting Room Manager at Ironstone Vineyards. She then pursued a winemaking education at University of California at Davis, graduating with Highest Honors in 2006 with a Viticulture and Enology degree. She then worked for Frank Family Vineyards as a lab technician, moving up quickly to enologist and then assistant winemaker. When grapes became available from Cerise Vineyard in 2009, she founded her own label. Her husband, Sean Foster, is the Senior Winemaker at Merryvale Vineyards.
Two Pinot Noirs and a Rosé are available on the website and through a mailing list. The Pinot Noir sources are Hawkeye Ranch in the Redwood Valley AVA of Mendocino County owned by a fourth generation growing family who planted old Martini clone in the 1970s and have tended the vines ever since, and the well-known Cerise Vineyard in Anderson Valley.
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