Ryan Cochrane Wines

Owner(s) Ryan Cochrane
Web site www.ryancochranewines
 
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Ryan Cochrane Wines

Ryan Cochrane turned to winemaking after an unfortunate career event. In 2009, his work at a San Francisco advertising agency imploded and tried freelancing, but he decided to pursue winemaking, something he had long dreamed about doing.

He interned with Roger Nicolas at RN Estate in Paso Robles in 2009 and made a barrel of Pinot Noir a year later at RN Estate. In 2011, he tripled his production and was promoted to assistant winemaker. In 2012, he made 12 barrels of Pinot Noir total.

The wines are offered through a mailing list.

Reviewed Wines

2012 Ryan Cochrane Wines Fiddlestix Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 134 cases, $43. 75% clone 115, 25% Pommard 5. 30% whole cluster fermentation. Aged 10 months in 1 new and 4 neutral French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple color and slight haze (unfiltered) in the glass. Demure aromas of dark red berries and leafy herbs build in intensity over time in the glass. Mid weight core of dark red berry fruits with a riff of savory herbs in the background and a touch of citrus on the finish. Bright acidity, managed firm tannins and a graceful presence. Better the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Tasted twice. Score: 88. Reviewed March 29, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Ryan Cochrane Wines Solomon Hills Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 143 cases, $43. 50% clone 115, 50% Pommard 5. 30% whole cluster fermentation. Aged 10 months in 1 new and 5 neutral French oak barrels. Ryan Cochrane trained under Roger Nicolas of RN Estate for four years before launching his own label. · Light reddish purple color in the glass. Upon opening, the shy nose offers aromas of cherry, raspberry and sandalwood. Over time in the glass, more oak-driven notes emerge including coffee. Light to mid weight array of red fruit flavors including strawberry and cherry with a shadow of oak in the background. Charming and elegant with juicy acidity and balanced tannins. Tasted twice. Score: 88. Reviewed March 29, 2014 ARTICLE »