Pinot Noir Bishop Creek


In blind tastings from 2012 to 2014, founders Jean-Nicolas and Jay were both drawn to Pinot Noirs from this site and were surprised to learn that the vineyard was for sale. In 2014, they jumped at the opportunity of owning this famed location.

The vines at Bishop Creek were planted in the 1980’s and remain own-rooted; the site is notable for its diversity of Pinot Noir clones, elevation and dense vine spacing. At optimal ripeness, the fruit is hand-picked and gently placed in two layers in small, 1/8th-ton cherry bins, ensuring the clusters arrive at the winery intact for hand-sorting. The wine ferments naturally and spends 15 months in 50% new French oak; bottled unfined and unfiltered.

91 points
"From own-rooted vines planted in the 1980s, the 2016 Pinot Noir Bishop Creek Vineyard is pale to medium ruby with a wonderful deep, broody nose of warm black cherries, blueberry and boysenberry preserves with touches of blue flowers, peppercorn and dried leaves. Light to medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with ripe black and blue fruits flavors and faint meaty/earthy touches, with a firm frame of grainy tannins and juicy acidity, finishing long and minerally. 150 cases produced."
Erin Brooks,
Wine Advocate
, August 2018

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Pinot Noir
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