2014 White Pinot noir

2014 White Pinot noir 2017-04-13T13:37:52+00:00



 59 cases produced


As most of you know, I attempt to make the controversial “white pinot noir” on an annual basis. Some people think they invented it, some critics say not to make it at all as it is “insipid” and then, moments later, award a very nice score… controversial andconfusing…

In the winery the barrels are labeled as WPA. People often wonder what WPA stands for and I let them know that it stands for White Pinot Attempt because allowing Mother Nature to turn grape juice into wine all by itself is brimming with a very high potential for disaster.

I “attempt” to get it to ferment without the use of any added yeasts or enzymes and have been successful here and there. Obviously, it did not work in 2013 as there was not any and I know many of you missed having your case of White Pinot Noir as you asked for it, repeatedly, which made me happy! It worked out very well with the 2011 vintage and quite well in the 2012 vintage but there was so little produced I could not justify the cost of a small label run so all bottles were shipped in beautiful clear glass. The cork however, WAS labeled!

This vintage IS labeled!

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This wine is sublime.

Aromatics offer up a nose of spring honeysuckle blossoms and subtly scented fresh warm figs just plucked from the tree in mid-summer.

Wait a minute or let it warm up to room temperature and then you will smell the salty watermelon of freshly opened kumamoto oysters. Inhale again and find the return of floral aromas like peach blossom followed by fresh apricots.

Clean and crisp entry of thinly sliced tart kumquat juxtaposed over a juicy Asian pear. Once warmed in the mouth, layers of stony minerality shows up, like a slice of apple served on a piece of warm slate. On the finish there is sparkling peach juice just poured over crushed ice with a slice of lime. Wait a while longer and ripe Bosc pear drizzled with honey coat the mouth. Thickness with levity! Great mouth feel without the use of oak or lees stirring, pure nature via gravity doing its deal.

Flavors abound with a repeat of what you smell but now with a dusting of cinnamon bark followed by limestone minerality. The racy acidity at the end cleanses the palate. Finally the finish which is seemingly never ending and reminds me of Manuka honey steeped in hot lemon tea. Fun wine.

Please be aware that this wine was just bottled Wednesday and might go through “bottle shock” in the near term.  To counteract this potentiality, please decant with a vigorous aeration and then let it sit for at least half an hour.  All will be well.

Only 59 cases made. Grab some now.