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A boutique winery sourcing Pinot Noir grapes from the Petaluma Gap, Los Carneros and the Russian River Valley. The founder and winemaker is Petar Kirilov, who grew up in Bulgaria and graduated in 2002 with a Master's Degree in winemaking from the University of Food Technologies. He traveled to California to learn more about winemaking and secured an internship at Truchard Vineyards in Napa Valley. In 2005, he joined the hi-tech wine company, Vinovation, where he has been involved in research. In 2008, Petar joined Meadowcroft Wines and Foyt Wines as winemaker. He is also the founder of the wine industry website, VinoEnology.com.
In 2013, Petar started his own brand, Kukeri Wines. focusing on small lots of premium wines from single vineyards in the Napa Valley and Sonoma County. VArietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Kukeri refers to a pagan Bulgarian ritual that may date back as far as 8,000 years to the ancient Thracians, and to Dionysus, the god associated with wine, fertility and rebirth.
2016 Kukeri Lakeville Vineyard Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir
14.4% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.62, 175 cases, $42, screw cap. Double Gold 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. 100% Martini clone. 100% destemmed. 3-day cold soak, fermented with ‘prise de mousse’ yeast. Aged 17 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Aromas of well-ripened black fruits along with notes of fertile earth, spice, boysenberry and raisin. Creamy in the mouth in a mid weight style with discretely concentrated fully-ripened purple and black fruit flavors with a dark cocoa and dark milk chocolate tone typical of the Martini clone. Subtle, oak-driven marzipan flavor plies the background..The wine’s balance is spot on and the finish is long and generous. Score: 91. Reviewed February 3, 2019 ARTICLE »