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Longfellow was founded in 2000 by two childhood friends, Mark Smith and Craig Whitney, with the goal of producing high quality single vineyard wines of unique character and distinction. The 2001 wines are Longfellow's inaugural vintage and are the result of two years of hard work and planning. One would think that we named our new winery Longfellow because of some deep seeded love for the eponymous poet, but in reality, Longfellow is the name of the neighborhood we grew up in Maryland.
We both went our separate ways after graduating from the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!) but wound up in Northern California after graduate school. A spring break trip to the Napa Valley while in college sparked our initial interest in wine and the Napa Valley (I think we hit about twelve wineries in a single afternoon), but our subsequent proximity to the Napa Valley and an ever increasing knowledge of California wines stoked our entrerpenural spirit to do something more in the wine business.
Longfellow crafts a small amount (375 cases) of a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. The wines are sold on the website with limited retail distribution. The wines may be tasted at Vintner's Collective in Napa.
2003 Longfellow Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.4% alc., $42. · Nice aromatics here with a bit of gaminess, plenty of ripe cherries, and some toast. The fruit is very sweet tasting and the finish is generously oaked. Decent but overpriced for what it is. Reviewed January 15, 2007 ARTICLE »