VOLUME 10, ISSUE 3
January 22, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Kutch Wines: 2013 Vintage Provided Compelling & Transparent Wines Alexana: Prescription for Pinot with Unlimited Refills En Garde: 2012 Pinots Very Promising Black Kite Cellars: Outstanding Pinot Noir in 2012 Dolin Estate: New Central Coast Pinots Offer Exceptional Value MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: Evolving to Embrace Quality Birichino: A Mischievous Pair Craft Unique Wines at Right Price Domaine de la Côte: Whole Cluster Goodness Skewis Wines: Pinot from Vineyards with a Pedigree DANCIN Vineyards: Rogue Valley Wines of Distinction Waxwing: Engaging Pinot from an Urban Winery MacPhail Proudly Releases First Estate Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted White Wines Pinot Briefs
Heron Lake Winery
David Mahaffey planted Heron Lake Vineyard in 1980 in Wild Horse Valley east of Napa Valley. A boutique grower and producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Mahaffey has crafted estate wine from the site since the first vintage in 1985. The 14-acre vineyard (downsized from the original 24 acres after unsuitable sites were pulled out) is planted to Dijon and Pommard clones of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The appellation is defined by its cool climate (the coolest in the Napa region) and the unique, rocky soils.
The label on the winery's Pinot Noir is a homage to Olivia Brion, suffragette and decedent of a great French wine family. In 1905 she won a huge wager by outrunning a locomotive. Later in life she ignited a furor by publishing passionate letters from her many paramours including Warren Harding and Paul Gauguin. Refer to the website for the full story. See Olivia Brion in Winery Directory for reviews.
The Pinot Noir is served in many fine restaurants and available through the website and retail distribution.
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