VOLUME 9, ISSUE 38
February 22, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard: A Description & Vertical Tasting Tasting Aged Williams Selyem Pinot Noir: Bottled Surprises Pinot Noir “Clone 95”: Dick Erath Revives an Old Treasure Failla Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Wines Hearty Burgundy Celebrates 50 Years Tasting Rooms Threatening to Overtax Healdsburg and Sonoma Pinot Briefs
Wild Hog Vineyard
Daniel and Marion Schoenfield have been quietly crafting wine from their 5-acre estate vineyard and from purchased grapes since 1990. Their vineyard land was discovered in 1973 and was planted in 1981 initially to Zinfandel and Gewürztraminer The Gewürztraminer was later budded over to Pinot Noir, one of the first Pinot Noir plantings in the true Sonoma Coast. Wild Hog is located forty minutes west of the tiny town of Cazedero on the true Sonoma Coast, 3.5 miles from the coastline, 1400 feet above the water.
The winery is a 2,000 square foot timber building powered by solar and hydro electricity. Farming is very hands-on and the vineyard is non-irrigated for the most part. The wines are the result of a true Bohemian lifestyle. They do not have a Thomas Kinkade print over their mantle!
There are two Pinot Noirs: an Estate and Saralee's Vineyard Russian River Valley bottling. The wines tend to be high in alcohol, tannin and extraction and require decanting or cellaring for best enjoyment. The wines, including several other red varietals including Zinfandel, are sold primarily through a mailing list. Total production is 3,000-4,000 cases per year.
Articles About Wild Hog Vineyard
2010 Wild Hog Vineyard Estate Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., no other information available. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark stone fruits and nuts. Juicy and crisp on the palate, with a middleweight core of oakkissed black fruits, grainy tannins, and a brooding finish. Still a bit tight and disorganized. Reviewed August 14, 2013 ARTICLE »
2003 Wild Hog Estate Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
16.1% alc., $25. I tasted the 2005 vintage of this wine as well and it was very similar in style albeit with more refined tannins. · Dark ruby in color. Scents of earth, tobacco, pencil shavings and grass lead off. There is a strong attack of potent ripe fruit tending toward raisin. Aggressive tannins. For fans of big tannic zinfandel-like wines. Reviewed April 7, 2008 ARTICLE »
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