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Papapietro Perry

Owner(s) Ben Papapietro, Bruce Perry
Web site www.papapietro-perry.com
 
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Papapietro Perry

Ben Papapietro was born and raised in San Francisco and grew up in a family of home winemakers and wine lovers. His grandparents on his father's side made wine in the Mission District during Prohibition into the late 1950s. His mother's cousin owned Cribrari Winery in San Jose. Wine was always included in family dinners and even the children drank watered down versions.

He developed a passion for Pinot Noir early on after tasting a number of Burgundies from the mid-1950s. Ben began making wine at home and fortuitously struck up a friendship with Burt Williams of Williams Selyem fame while both were working at the San Francisco Newspaper Agency. In the 1970s, Ben was helping Burt make his homemade garage wine and he continued to work each harvest at Williams Selyem after the winery was started in the early 1980s.

Bruce Perry started working at the San Francisco Newspaper Agency in 1985 and drank some of Ben's wines. He joined Ben in his home winemaking endeavour and the friends made wine together for 13 years. Upon the urgings of family and friends, they started Papapietro Perry in 1998 with an initial release of 75 cases of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

Today Papapietro Perry produces 8,000 cases of well-regarded small lots of single-vineyard and clonal-designate Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Chardonnay from prime vineyards on the Sonoma Coast and in the Russian River and Anderson Valleys.

Papapietro Perry wines are available through retail channels and on the website. A tasting room is open daily from 11-4:30 at 4791 Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg. The phone is 707-433-0422.

Reviewed Wines

2010 Papapietro Perry Campbell Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., Unreleased. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Lovely aromas of fresh strawberries, cherries and wood spice. Enchanting and flavorful, featuring spicy cherries and complimentary oak. Not big and hedonistic, but has an electric vibe. Very good. Reviewed April 13, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Papapietro Perry Nunes Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., Unreleased. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Fragrant with fresh rose petals and cherry pie. Elegant and balanced, with delicious flavors of black cherries, cola, spice and subtle oak. Very good. Reviewed April 13, 2013 ARTICLE »

2009 Papapietro Perry Leras Family Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.78, TA 0.569, 1000 cases, $54. Vineyard is planted to Pommard clone that is 13 years old as well as newer clones 115, 667 and 777. Aged 11 months in 50% new and 50% 1 and 2-year-old Francois Frères oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of darker red cherries and berries and damp forest floor. Delicious core of deeply flavored red and black cherries accented by subtle notes of earth, minerals, herbs and oak. Mid weight in style with a very sexy, satiny texture and supple tannins. Ready to drink now. Very good (+). Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2008 Papapietro Perry Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.68, TA .623, 1,220 cases, $46. A blend of five vineyards. 30% new, 50% 1 and 2-year old and 20% 3-year old French oak. · Lovely aromas of red Bing cherries with hints of herb garden. Moderately rich with a pleasing array of spicy cherry, cranberry and raspberry fruits. Gossamer tannins make for a silky drinking experience. Good. Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Papapietro Perry Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.53, TA .633, 780 cases, $46. From Gap’s Crown Vineyard in the Petaluma Gap. Aged 11 months in 50% new and 50% 1 and 2-year old French oak. · Shy perfume of black cherries and spring herbs. Bright and savory, with a light-weighted core of dark cherry and berry flavors. Good. Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Papapietro Perry Elsbree Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.63, TA 0.570, 730 cases, $49. A mix of clones on varied rootstocks. Aged in 50% new and 50% 1 and 2-year old French oak. · Enticing aromas of dark cherries, anise and wet bark. Hi-tone melange of fresh cherries and berries wrapped in ripe, firm tannins and finishing with an intense aromatic berry note that lingers. Admirable finesse. Very good. Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Papapietro Perry Leras Family Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.701, 1,020 cases, $54. Pommard and Dijon 115, 667, and 777 clones. The Pommard is about 13 years old.Aged 11 months in 50% new and 50% 1 and 2-year old French oak. · Very lovely perfume of Bing cherries, red roses and spice box with a subtle with a subtle notion of oak. Medium-weighted flavors of black cherries, ripe berries, cola and sassafras. Fruit flavors veer to the ripe side but remain in tune. Silky and charming with fine-grain tannins. Very good. Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Papapietro Perry Nunes Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.61, TA 0.619, 295 cases, $54. Inaugural bottling from this vineyard farmed by Fred Nunes. Vines are about 12 years old. Aged 11 months in 50% new and 50% 1 and 2-year old French oak. · Spectacular aromatics featuring an onslaught of fresh cherry tart scent. Discretely concentrated core of spiced cherries with moderate ripe tannins, a touch of herbal oak, and noticeable persistence on the finish which leaves a touch of heat in its wake. Good. Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Papapietro Perry Peters Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.74, TA 0.57, 900 cases, $54. This vineyard is a few miles west of Sebastopol on the edge of the newly expanded Russian River Valley appellation. Aged 11 months in 50% new and 50% 1 and 2-year old French oak. · Nicely perfumed with oak-scented dark red berries and cherries, a roseate note, and hints of anise and smoke. Considerable flavor impact on entry, lingering on the fruity finish. Tasty spiced cherry and berry fruit underlain with restrained oak, and enrobed in restrained fruit tannins creating a welcoming elegance and silky texture. This wine has interest beyond the fruit. Very good (+). Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Papapietro Perry 777 Clones Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.64, TA 0.676, 440 cases, $70. Aged 11 months in 80% new, 20% 1 and 2-year old French oak. 777 clones from six vineyards. · Appealing perfume of crushed black cherries and raspberry coulis. Earthy and darkly fruited on the palate with a tea and herbal accent. Generous tannins beg for protein (short ribs or steak). Good (+). Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Papapietro Perry Pommard Clones Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.75, TA 0.66, 440 cases, $70. Sourced from Leras Family Vineyards and Peters Vineyard. Best three barrels from each source. Aged 11 months in 90% new and 10% 1-year old French oak. Third bottling of this clonal mixture. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Bold and fruity nose picking up intensity with time in the glass, showing accents of vanillin and oak. Luscious and vivid black cherry and black raspberry fruit that really makes an impression. The most intensely flavored wine in the lineup, but also nuanced with contributing flavors of cola, spice, confection and vanilla. A fantastic match with lamb. Clearly the star of this vintage. Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Papapietro Perry Mukaida Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.77, TA 0.611, 195 cases, $75. The 8 best barrels from Peters Vineyard. Aged 11 months in 90% new and 10% 1-year old French oak. · An earthy and savory nose leads to a charge of cherry and berry fruit in the mid palate persisting on the generous finish. A gentle, elegant wine that packs a punch. Will benefit from more time in the cellar. Very good. Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2007 Papapietro Perry Peters Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 935 cases, $44. · Subdued dark fruit, exotic spice, and marzipan on the pleasant nose. Soft and smooth in the mouth with black cherry pie, red currant, cola, and roasted nut flavors. Not quite the charm of a bottle I sampled in May, 2009. POP 89, WS 91. Reviewed January 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Papapietro Perry Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 1,211 cases, $45. · The nose is highly nuanced with bright Bing cherry, cardamon, white pepper, herbs, musk and a hint of oak. Tasty cherry and berry flavors with a sidecar of oak and underbrush. Admirable acidity, a velvety texture and a pleasing finish. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Papapietro Perry Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 715 cases, $45. · Deeper colored than the Russian River Valley bottling. Aromas of slightly confected cherries and strawberries with hints of herbs, spice and mocha. Reasonably concentrated flavors of dark red cherries complimented by brown spice and a touch of earthiness. Nicely composed with minimal tannins making it thoroughly enjoyable now. Like Drew Barrymore, very successful at a young age. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Papapietro Perry Charles Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 740 cases, $49. · This wine isn’t ready to drink. The nose is quite austere, displaying reluctant aromas of red fruits and herbs. A bit awkward and closed, there is a luscious berry core lurking in the background but it is drowned out by healthy dry tannins and a citrus tang that carries the finish. Definite potential here, but currently zippered up. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Papapietro Perry Elsbree Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 937 cases, $49. This vineyard consists of a field blend of about 20 clones on multiple rootstocks. Farmed by Chuck Elsbree. · A very complex and alluring nose displaying red plum and red current fruit with a sniff of cactus flower, roasted nuts, herbs and oak vanillin. A demure wine that is packed with flavors of spiced stone fruits and berries. Youthful tannins are evident and there is good grip, even a slight tartness to the refreshing and lingering finish. Still not showing all of its charms. I really like this wine and salute its uniqueness. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Papapietro Perry Leras Family Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 1,235 cases, $49. This vineyard is located centrally in the Russian River Valley, one road east of River Road behind Martinelli Winery. Several clones including Pommard, Beringer and Dijon 115, 667, 777 and 828. · This wine smells of the forest with oak and floral highlights. Juicy strawberry, cranberry and cherry fruit flavors. Herbs, oak and toast are evident but subtle. The fruit is pulled into line by a spark of acidity. Hi-toned, elegant and very satisfying. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Papapietro Perry Peters Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 963 cases, $49. The Peters Vineyard is owned and farmed by Tom Mukaida. He originally was an apple grower who switched to farming Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the 1980s. He sold his grapes to Gallo for several years. Composed of Pommard and Dijon 777 clones. · This wine is a real showoff. Very bright cherry fruit, even sensual, with a spicy touch of oak in the background. Plush and mouth filling attack of raspberry and cherry fruit with added flavors of savory herbs and baking spices. Perfectly harmonious with lithe tannins, this beautiful wine seduces with its smoothness and silkiness. You will need a cold shower after drinking this one. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Papapietro Perry 777 Clones Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 342 cases, $70. A unique wine composed of Dijon 777 clones from five different Russian River Valley vineyards. Debuted at this year’s World of Pinot Noir. A popular wine in Las Vegas. · The heady aromas of black cherries, oak toast and Provencal herbs draw you in. Good concentration of layered berries and rustic cherries with a touch of brown spice. A vein of acidity runs through creating a slight tartness and a grapefruit tang on the finish. A wine showing great promise for the dinner table. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Papapietro Perry Pommard Clones Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 436 cases, $70. · Deep aromas of black cherries, brown spice, barnyard and herbs. Medium-weighted dark red cherry and berry flavors that pick up intensity with air time. A touch of cola adds interest. Supple tannins and bright acidity. A very tasty wine, but still a Lolita, and needs another 6 to 12 months of bottle age. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Papapietro Perry Mukaida Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 218 cases, $75. · Restrained but pleasing deep red fruit aromas and flavors that build in intensity in the glass. The fruit has a distinctive tropical bent. Impressively soft and smooth in the mouth. Oak is evident but not intrusive. I had the feeling that this wine might be the best in the lineup with another year in the bottle. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Papapietro Perry Charles Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $44. · Plenty of alcohol on the nose. A middleweight with dark earthy stone fruits that seem flat. The finish leaves a little bitterness in its wake. Reviewed October 1, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Papapietro Perry Mukaida Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $75. This label should have read, “Mukaida Block,” since the wine is an homage to Tom Mukaida and is sourced from his Peters Vineyard (he refuses to name the vineyard after himself). 8 best barrels aged in 80% to 100% new oak barrels. · Smoky oak and dark raspberry red fruit dominate the aromas and flavors. Smoothly textured with admirable balance. Picks up interest with time in the glass. Close to the 2007 vintage in character. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »

2005 Papapietro Perry Leras Family Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 950 cases, $46. This vineyard is located off Woolsey Road and is planted to Pommard, 115, 667 and 777 clones of Pinot Noir. The wine was aged for 11 months in 50% new Francois Freres oak. Lovely hi-tone cherry aromas. · Flavors are cherry driven with attractive side notes of herbs, cocoa, cola, spice and a pinch of oak. Modest in weight and light on its feet, this wine oozes finesse and charm. Well crafted and recommended. Reviewed January 20, 2008 ARTICLE »