VOLUME 9, ISSUE 39
March 29, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Adventures on the Pinot Trail: World of Pinot Noir - The Seminars Adventures on the Pinot Trail: World of Pinot Noir: The Tastings Talisman: 2010 Pinots are a Giant Step Up from the Ordinary Pfendler Vineyards: Exceptional Wines in 2012 Honor Peter Pfendler Bernardus Winery: Pinot Noir Transcends the Ordinary Winter Games: Taste of International Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted California Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Oregon Wines Pinot Briefs On The Pinot Trail: Rocking K Vineyard Cottages
Nicole Abiouness has worked in far off wineries including Yalumba in Australia, Chateau La Tour Blanche in Sauternes and Domaine Comte Armand in Burgundy as well as Chappellet Winery and Luna in the Napa Valley of California. She started her own label in 2000 with a small amount of Carneros Pinot Noir while still working as cellar master at Luna Vineyards. The emphasis is on minimal intervention in the winery including hand-sorting, no pumping, hand punchdowns, and natural fermentations.
In the 2006 vintage, Pinot Noirs were offered from Stanly Ranch in Carneros, Hudson Vineyard in Carneros and a Pommard clone blend from Carneros. A Sangiovese, unusual for California, is also produced from the Napa Valley.
The wines are available on the website.
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