Picayune Cellars

Owner(s) Jennifer Roberts, Claire Weinkauf
Web site www.picayunecellars.com
 
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Picayune Cellars

Picayune (pi-ka-'yun) refers to a Spanish coin worth half of the value of a "real." The idea is that when buying Picayune wine, you are buying a prestigious wine at half price.

Jennifer Roberts and Claire Weinkauf are the owners who met through their love of food and wine. Jennifer's husband is Nathan Roberts who co-owns Arnot Roberts Winery and Cooper, and Claire's husband Aron Weinkauf is the vineyard manager and winemaker at Spottswoode Winery. Jennifer and Claire "rescue those odds and ends from cultish wineries."

The wines include a Sonoma County/Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, and a Paso Robles Grenache. The wines are sold by email through the website and are reasonably priced.

Reviewed Wines

2013 Picayune Cellars Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 450 cases, $29. This wine is produced by Jennifer Roberts (married to Nathan Roberts from Arnot Roberts Winery) and Claire Weinkauf (married to Aron Weinkauf, the winemaker at Spottswoode Winery). The goal is to deliver exciting wines at a reasonable price point. Aged 8 months in neutral French oak. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Shy aromas of black cherry, blueberry and forest floor lead to a mid to fullbodied core of earthy black cherry, boysenberry and blackberry fruit flavors with a riff of herbs in the background. Robust, but bright due to an energetic cut of underlying acidity. The finish is fruity and tangy, urging another sip. Score: 90. Reviewed October 6, 2014 ARTICLE »