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Alex Guarachi was the founder and CEO of TGIC Importers, the leading importer of South American wines to the United States. The family label is the culmination of a lifelong dream to produce his own wines. He established Guarachi Family Wines in 2007.
The chief winemaker hired in 2016 was Julian Gonzalez who comes from Paul Hobbs Consulting where he served as lead winemaker for all consulting programs since 2007. Atlas Vineyard Management manages the estate Sun Chase Vineyard acquired in 2013. Two Pinot Noirs are produced from the Sonoma Coast including a single vineyard Gap's Crown bottling.
2013 Guarachi Family Wines Sun Chase Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $75. Inaugural single vineyard release from this vineyard which is now an estate property. Clones 777 and “828.” Aged 11 months in 100% French oak barrels, 55% new. Bottled in the heaviest bottle I have ever met with! · Dark reddish purple color in the glass. Shy, but pleasant aromas of blackberry, marionberry and toasty oak. Full-bodied charge of purple and black berry fruits that are sweet and plush on the palate. The wine is bold and luscious, but lacks balance, with weighty tannins exerting their muscle and alcoholic warmth showing up on the finish. A big wine in every way, with a big bottle, big fruit, big tannins, and big alcohol. Score: 87. Reviewed July 12, 2015 ARTICLE »
2008 Guarachi Family Wines Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.8% alc., $40. One of the heaviest bottles I have ever lifted! · Moderately dark garnet color. Alluring perfume of spiced fresh berries with a minty garnish. Tasty and smooth in the mouth with plenty of dark cherry and berry intensity and a touch of cola, all wrapped in modest sinewy tannins. The wine’s sensual texture speaks Pinot. Very good. Reviewed August 24, 2010 ARTICLE »