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Limited production Pinot Noir and Chardonnay by Robert Wait, owner of The Page on Divisadero Street in San Francisco. Founded in 2005, the wines are crafted at Bluxome Street Winery in San Francisco's SOMA district.
Much of fruit comes from Devoto Gardens in Sebastopol while a small plot is being developed in the Petaluma Gap.
Bob is in the winemakers program at UC Davis. Bob's brother, David, carves the woodcuts featured on all Wait Cellars labels.
The wines are sold on the website.
2015 Wait Cellars Devoto Garden Vineyard Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $35. Release summer 2018. Double Gold at 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The vineyard is a cool and windy site above Sebastopol with vines planted in Goldridge sandy loam. Native fermentation, 10% whole cluster 115 clone and 20% whole cluster “828” clone. Aged 10 months on lees with lees stirring through the winter in French and Hungarian oak barrels, 20% new and 33% once-filled. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of muddled cherry, underbrush, toast and dark chocolate. Mid weight flavors of black cherry, blueberry and pomegranate assembled in a classic style with some breadth of finish that includes a modest rush of tannins. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the tannins had assimilated and the wine had persistent and pleasing fruit pep. Score: 91. Reviewed June 9, 2018 ARTICLE »
2013 Wait Cellars Devoto Garden Vineyard Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., 350 cases, $33. Release in fall 2015. This site is on a windy ridge west of Sebastopol, renowned for its cool temperatures and fog, and well-drained Goldridge soil. Harvest Brix 22º-23º. Clones “828,” 667 and 115. 25% whole cluster. Wild yeast fermentation. Aged 10 months on primary lees in 20% new French and Hungarian oak barrels, with lees stirring throughout the winter. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light crimson color in the glass. Lovely aromas of strawberry, raspberry, clove and sage. The flavors echo the nose, in an elegant style that is also crisp, with mild tannins and impeccable balance. This light and bright wine reflects its Green Valley origins and would be a perfect partner at the dinner table. Score: 91. Reviewed August 18, 2015 ARTICLE »
2013 Wait Cellars Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., 75 cases, $36. Release fall 2015. Sourced from the cool Devoto Garden Vineyard west of Sebastopol (clones 667 and 115), and the warmer Skikos Vineyard west of Santa Rosa (clones 77 and Swan). 25% whole cluster, 5-day cold maceration. Native yeast fermentation. Aged 10 months on the lees in French oak barrels, 33% new. · Moderately light crimson color in the glass. Pleasant aromas of cherry and earthy flora. Discreetly concentrated and very juicy, with appealing flavors of black cherry, boysenberry, cola and spice. Elegantly crafted and easy to drink, with balanced tannins, vibrant acidity and a gloriously fruity finish. Score: 90. Reviewed August 18, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 Wait Cellars Devoto Garden Vineyard Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., 315 cases, $32. 100% clone “828.” 20% whole cluster, 5-day cold soak, indigenous fermentations, aged 10 months sur lie in 15% new and 15% onefilled French oak. Lees stirring through the winter. · Moderate reddish purple color and slightly hazy in the glass. This wine definitely exhibits signs of whole cluster in a good way. Aromas of cherry and raspberry are complimented by notes of stem, herbs and graham. Discreetly concentrated flavors of fresh, juicy red cherry, red raspberry and baking spice supported by modest tannins and bright acidity. The finish is particularly appealing, with a vibrant charge of iced cherry fruit. Plenty of Pinot singing in this beautifully crafted wine. Score: 92. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »