Ryan Cochrane Wines

Owner(s) Ryan Cochrane
Web site www.ryancochranewines.com
 
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Ryan Cochrane Wines

Ryan Cochrane turned to winemaking after an unfortunate career event. In 2009, his work at a San Francisco advertising agency imploded and tried freelancing, but he decided to pursue winemaking, something he had long dreamed about doing.

He interned with Roger Nicolas at RN Estate in Paso Robles in 2009 and made a barrel of Pinot Noir a year later at RN Estate. In 2011, he tripled his production and was promoted to assistant winemaker. In 2012, he made 12 barrels of Pinot Noir total.

The wines are offered through a mailing list.

Reviewed Wines

2013 Ryan Cochrane Solomon Hills Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay

14.0% alc., 125 cases, $34. Wente clone 4. Native yeast fermentation, 100% malolactic fermentation. Barrel fermented and aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. The nose is very charming, with pleasing aromas of lemon peel, brioche and vanilla pastry creme. Flavors of lemon, Asian pear, white peach and subtle vanilla are accented with a saline minerality. Nicely balanced with adept integration of oak, and thirst-quenching acidity on a finish that has some persistence. Score: 92. Reviewed May 25, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Ryan Cochrane Fiddlestix Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 125 cases, $43. 75% Dijon 115, 25% Pommard 5. 20% whole cluster fermentation. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. More red-fruited in this vintage, offering scents of strawberry, cherry and sandalwood. Appealing elegance on the palate, with a vibrant array of red cherry and red berry flavors. The tannins are folded in nicely, there is inviting underlying acidity, the oak plays a complimentary role in the background, and the long red cherry finish grabs your attention. A completely different wine than the 2012 vintage offering, but equally enjoyable for its pinot character. Score: 91. Reviewed May 25, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Ryan Cochrane Solomon Hills Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 392 cases, $43. 33% Dijon 115, 33% Dijon 667 and 33% Pommard 5. 30% whole cluster fermentation. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. This wine sports a little more concentration, roundness and polish than the 2012 version. Aromas of cherry, red berry and toasty oak become more giving over time in the glass. Smooth and debonair on the palate, with a middleweight core of ripe black cherry fruit that is juicy and persistent. The tannins are supple, their is lively supporting acidity, and the cherry-fueled finish is uplifting. Score: 91. Reviewed May 25, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Ryan Cochrane Fiddlestix Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 134 cases, $43. 75% Dijon 115, 25% Pommard 5. 30% whole cluster fermentation. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. A bit brooding initially, reluctantly offering aromas of dark berry fruits, rose petal and oak. The succulent, mid weight plus blackberry and boysenberry fruits flood the mouth with sweet, sappy goodness, carrying over to a luscious finish offering citrus-laced berry fruits. The most concentrated and darkest fruited of the four Pinot Noirs tasted here with the most intensity on the finish. The wine becomes more appealing over time in the glass and showed better oak integration the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Decant if you drink now, but better to give this beauty another year or two in bottle. Score: 91. Reviewed May 25, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Ryan Cochrane Solomon Hills Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 143 cases, $43. 50% Dijon 115, 50% Pommard 5. 30% whole cluster fermentation. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Shy aromas of dark cherry, baking spice and tobacco become more effusive over time in the glass. Very elegant, with mid weight flavors of cherry, Damsel plum, and tobacco at play. Modest tannins, with vivid finishing acidity. This wine charms with finesse. Score: 90. Reviewed May 25, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Ryan Cochrane Wines Fiddlestix Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 134 cases, $43. 75% clone 115, 25% Pommard 5. 30% whole cluster fermentation. Aged 10 months in 1 new and 4 neutral French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple color and slight haze (unfiltered) in the glass. Demure aromas of dark red berries and leafy herbs build in intensity over time in the glass. Mid weight core of dark red berry fruits with a riff of savory herbs in the background and a touch of citrus on the finish. Bright acidity, managed firm tannins and a graceful presence. Better the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Tasted twice. Score: 88. Reviewed March 29, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Ryan Cochrane Wines Solomon Hills Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 143 cases, $43. 50% clone 115, 50% Pommard 5. 30% whole cluster fermentation. Aged 10 months in 1 new and 5 neutral French oak barrels. Ryan Cochrane trained under Roger Nicolas of RN Estate for four years before launching his own label. · Light reddish purple color in the glass. Upon opening, the shy nose offers aromas of cherry, raspberry and sandalwood. Over time in the glass, more oak-driven notes emerge including coffee. Light to mid weight array of red fruit flavors including strawberry and cherry with a shadow of oak in the background. Charming and elegant with juicy acidity and balanced tannins. Tasted twice. Score: 88. Reviewed March 29, 2014 ARTICLE »