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Vineyard: Terra de Promissio

Terra de Promissio
OwnersCharles Karren, Diana Karren
AppellationSonoma Coast
StoryCharles and Diana Karren bought a ranch in Petaluma in 1999 and started planting the first 32 acres of Pinot Noir in 2002. They named the vineyard "Terra de Promissio," or "Land of Promise." They trademarked the name in 2007. The Karrens sell Pinot Noir grapes to 10 wineries, 7 of whom have used it as a single-vineyard designate, including Lynmar, Siduri and Williams Selyem. It was also one of the grape sources for Kosta Browne's 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year in 2011. In 2013, the Karrens began producing their own Land of Promise Pinot Noir.
Dates PlantedBegan in 2002
Acres50
AspectSouthwest sun exposure, hill elevation.
VarietiesPinot Noir
Clones115, 777, 943, 97, Calera
ManagersCharles Karren, Diana Karren

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2013 DELLA Terra De Promissio Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

A vineyard in the Petaluma Gap sourced by Kosta Browne for several years. · More earthy, feral and floral than the RRV offering, with substantial tannins making it less accessible at this early juncture. Score: 90-91. Reviewed April 4, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Lombardi Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 48 cases, $38. Sourced from Terra de Promissio Vineyard. Clone 777. Aged 17 months in neutral French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The slightest VA blows off upon opening revealing an inviting aromatic bouquet of black cherry, blueberry, exotic spice, fennel and sweet oak. Juicy and crisp with middleweight flavors of black cherry and boysenberry and subtle oak-driven notes of molasses, vanilla and nuts. The tannins are nicely merged making for current drinking, and the fruity finish offers some length. When sampled the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the nose was really alive and the solid core of noble Bing cherry fruit was very inviting. Score: 90. Reviewed September 18, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 SPELL Nicole’s Blend Sonoma County Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 575 cases, $39. Sourced from DeVoto, Terra de Promissio, Umino and Alder Springs vineyards. Aged in 100% French oak barrels, 30% new, 30% once-used, and 40% older. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Very fragrant aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, Asian 5-spice and a hint of peppercorn which build in intensity over time in the glass. Smooth and harmonious in the mouth, with flavors of dark red cherry and berry fruits. Very forward drinking, with minimal dry tannins and good intensity on the finish. This is the most approachable and easy drinking wine in the 2013 SPELL lineup. Score: 90. Reviewed June 14, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 SPELL Terra de Promissio Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 100 cases, $58. Vineyard is planted to clones 115 and 777 and is located in the Petaluma Gap region of the Sonoma Coast AVA. Primarily 115 with a tiny amount of 777. Aged in 100% French oak barrels, 50% new, 25% once-used and 25% older. · Medium reddish purple hue in the glass. Fresh aromas of earthy black fruits. Aggressive attack of dark red and black stone and berry fruits accented with a hint of white pepper and spice. Very suave and definitely earthy, with a pleasing blackberry-infused finish which leaves a hint of heat in its wake. Score: 92. Reviewed June 14, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Kesner Vadim’s Watch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., $65. Whole berry, native yeast fermentation. Only free-run juice. Aged 16 months sur lie in 25% newer French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose leads off with aromas of cherry, baking spices and complimentary oak. A lovely wine with great purity of fruit and refinement, offering plenty of black cherry and plum flavor touched by toasty oak. Very charming and silky on the palate with juicy acidity that lifts the fruit. The aromas and flavors changed considerably over time. More delicate than the 2012 version of this wine, but equally inviting. Score: 92. Reviewed November 22, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Lombardi Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.59, 24 cases, $38. Sourced from Terra de Promissio Vineyard. Clone 777. Aged 16 months in neutral French oak barrel. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Hi-tone perfume of wild berries, plum, cedary oak and floral blossoms. The middleweight core of black cherry, dark berry and black currant fruits are nicely integrated with seamless tannins. Very polished on the palate, with vivid fruit presence. This wine is ready to drink now. Score: 90. Reviewed August 15, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 SPELL Nichole’s Blend Sonoma County Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.59, 902 cases, $39. A blend of grapes from Lorenzo, Hurst, DeVoto, Marimar, Terre de Promissio and Alder Springs vineyards. Aged in 25% new, 25% once used, and 50% older French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy aromas of cherry cobbler, raspberry coulis and baking spices. Elegant in the mouth with tangy acidity, featuring black cherry and raspberry flavors. Pleasant, with modest tannins and easy approachability. Slow to open and may benefit from another 6 to 12 months in bottle. Score: 87. Reviewed February 22, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Kesner Vadim’s Watch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $65. Fruit sourced from Terra De Promissio Vineyard in the Petaluma Gap region of the Sonoma Coast. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The aromas come together beautifully over time in the glass, featuring purple and black berries, underbrush and toast. Both fruity and savory, with mid weight plus flavors of boysenberry, blackberry, mushroom and earth. Excellent acid backbone with admirable polish. Much better over time in the glass. A tad more body and length than the 2013 bottling of this wine. Score: 92. Reviewed November 22, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Lynmar Estate Terra De Promissio Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.67, TA 0.59, 372 cases, $70. SF. Clones 115 and 777 grown in the Petaluma Gap region of the Sonoma Coast. Aged 10 months in 63% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Multifaceted nose offering aromas of earthy dark fruits including raspberry, spice, and a hint of char. Mid weight plum, blackberry and spice flavors are satisfying. The texture is silky soft, and the gossamer tannins give an overall impression of elegance. The finish is noticeably intense. Score: 92. Reviewed July 19, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 SPELL Terra de Promissio Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.69, TA 0.60, 148 cases, $72. Clone 115. Aged in 40% new, 25% once used and 35% older French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. Very appealing nose with highly aromatic raspberry coulis scent. Beguiling middleweight flavors of fresh, dark cherries and raspberries, enveloped in submerged tannins, finishing long and generous with zippy acidity. Highly satisfying and easy to drink now. Score: 90. Reviewed February 22, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Lynmar Estate Terra de Promissio Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.67, 388 cases, $70. The Karen family farms 50 acres of Pinot Noir in Petaluma. Composed of 55% 777 and 45% 115. 100% destemmed, 7-10 day cold soak, native yeast fermentation, aged 14 months in 58% new French oak. · A wellstructured beauty with aromas and flavors of darker red and black berries, spice box, and exotic tea. Very smooth in the mouth with admirable finesse. Velvet glove over an iron fist comes to mind. Very good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Lynmar Terra De Promisso Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

This is one of the newer vineyard designate Pinot Noirs from Lynmar (unreleased). · Winemaker Hugh Chapelle poured me a good slug of this and I drank it all. Displaying that coastal minerality and tenacity, this Pinot Noir will knock your socks off. Plenty of Pinot fruits, baking spice and juicy tang, with a silky texture to boot, this will be a superstar wine. Reviewed March 23, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Siduri Terra De Promissoi Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $37. · Big stewed tomato and heavily oak spiced nose. Fruit intensity is lacking on the palate with green flavors and oak most prominent. Light in body, soft in texture with plenty of brisk acidity. Reviewed April 7, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »