Bink Wines

Owner(s) Cindy Paulson, Deborah Schatzlein
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Bink Wines

Bink Wines is a partnership between owners and winemakers Deborah Schatzlein and Cindy Paulson. All of the wines come from the Yorkville Highlands appellation, which is located just south and inland of the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County.

Deborah has degrees in chemistry and biology, has taken many courses in viticulture and enology, and received winemaking experience in the Napa Valley and Russian River Valley. After a career as a chemical process engineer and environmental consultant, she ditched her day job to follow her passion for winemaking.

The name, Bink, comes from the Manx cat with a black coat and beguiling eyes. The lineup includes a Syrah and Merlot as well.

All of the wines are crafted at Bin to Bottle in Napa. The wines are sold on the website. 707-246-4468.

Reviewed Wines

2009 Bink Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $38. · Moderately light ruby red color in the glass. Demure aromas of cherries, spice, briar and marzipan. Lighter style, featuring flavors of dark strawberry and cherry with an earthy, cola-driven underpinning. The tannins are fine grain and modest, the acidity is bright and the wine is quite enjoyable although it does not offer the mid palate impact and finish of some other Weir Vineyard wines tasted. Drink or hold. Score: 89. Reviewed September 5, 2013 ARTICLE »

2005 Bink Wines Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir

$40. The 7-acre Weir Vineyard is farmed meticulously by Bill and Susan Weir. Planted about 15 years ago at 850-1000 feet in a unique cool microclimate, the vineyard is divided into older plantings (DRC suitcase clone and Wadenswil 2A) and newer plantings (Pommard Rochioli Riverblock). Williams Selyem has bottled a superb vineyard designate Pinot Noir from this vineyard for several years and Drew Wines bottles a terrific example. · A Pinot Noir with a Burgundian soul with plenty of earthy and mineral underpinning. The dark red fruits are juicy and pure and the wine is beautifully balanced and composed. Reviewed July 7, 2008 ARTICLE »