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
Owner and winemaker Jason Steven Kesner has lived in the Napa Valley since 1979 where he and his family have been involved in the wine business for the last 30 years. From 2000 to 2008 Kesner managed Hudson Vineyards in Carneros and in the summer of 2008, joined Kistler as an assistant winemaker and vineyard manager.
In 2007, Kesner released three wines totaling less than 700 cases: Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay, Napa Old Vines Chardonnay, and a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noir ($60, 55 cases) is from a hillside vineyard just outside the town of Occidental farmed by Ulises Valdez.
Kesner Pinot Noir is on many prestigious restaurant wine lists including The French Laundry, Per Se in New York, Spago Beverly Hills, Alex at Wynn Las Vegas and Boulevard in San Francisco.
The limited production wines are sold through an allocated mailing list and to restaurants.
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