2004 Orogeny Marin County Pinot Noir

14.1% alc.. This wine comes from the picturesque McNeil Vineyard situated high on a hillside above the town of Nicasio. The name Orogeny is derived from the Greek words oro (mountain) and geny (birth). The label is owned by Chalone and the winemaker is Dan Goldfield. There is also an Orogeny Pinot Noir from Green Valley ($36). Mark Pasternak feels the McNeil Vineyard in Nicasio has the potential to be a top source for Pinot Noir in Marin County. Yields have been miniscule to date disappointing Chalone who had hoped this would be a showcase vineyard with annual production of 3,000 cases. The winery is not open to the public. 1-877-254-4250. Look for the Orogeny wines in fine wine retail stores. · A decent Pinot Noir featuring sweet spicy fruit from start to finish. Moderate tannins on the finish need some time to integrate. Reviewed July 16, 2007

Winery: Orogeny Vineyards
From article: Marin County Pinot Noir Celebration