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Owner and winemaker Stephanie Cook pursued a career as a fashion model working internationally. She returned to her home state of South Carolina and to attend school, obtaining a culinary degree from Johnson & Wales University. She then created and led a successful catering company, Bridgeside Events, which she later sold.
Stephanie had always harbored the secret dream of becoming a winemaker. She worked at Robert Biale Vineyards to gain experience, and in 2011 made her first Pinot Noir and Zinfandel wines. In 2012, she honed her skills at Spottswoode, moving to Anomaly Vineyards in 2013, and in 2014 spent 2 months as a winemaker at Spy Valley Wines in Marlborough.
A Dr. Stan's Carneros Pinot Noir and Campbell's Vineyard Green Valley Pinot Noir are offered. Tasting is by appointment.
2014 Wonderment Dutton-Campbell Vineyard Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., 264 cases, $40. · Light cherry color in the glass. This wine is currently sporting some oak swagger which should integrate further with time in bottle. Aromas of cherry, cranberry, cola and baking spices are heady. Elegantly composed and easy to like with mid weight flavors of cherry, raspberry, and oak spice. The tannins are buried, the spry acidity invigorates the wine and the raspberry coulis finish satisfies. Score: 91. Reviewed October 30, 2016 ARTICLE »
2014 Wonderment Dr. Stan’s Vineyard Sonoma Carneros Pinot Noir
14.4% alc., 74 cases, $50. Dijon clone 115. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Immensely charming nose with hi-tone aromas of cherry, red berry, red hard candy and sandalwood. Stylistically similar to the Dutton-Campbell bottling with a sleek and elegant demeanor but with better oak integration. The flavors of red cherry and berry are framed by delicate tannins and sound acidity. A red-fruited joy. Score: 92. Reviewed October 30, 2016 ARTICLE »
2013 Wonderment Dutton-Campbell Vineyard Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., 261 cases, $40. Released October 15, 2015. · Light cherry red color in the glass. The nose really resonates over time in the glass with hi-tone aromas of cherry and spice. Lighter weighted and quite elegant, with a charming core of lacy cherry fruit and a touch of oak spice. Very supple tannins make for forward drinking. A wine that aims to please, becoming more aromatic and flavorful over time in the glass. Score: 90. Reviewed November 5, 2015 ARTICLE »
2013 Wonderment Dr. Stan’s Vineyard Carneros Sonoma County Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., 94 cases, $50. Released October 15, 2015. 100% Dijon clone 115. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. This offering is more earthy, with aromas of cherry, cranberry and mulch, and mid weight flavors of darker cherries and berries complimented with notes of spice, earth and mushroom. The attack is substantial and carries over to a generous finish. A superb wine of impeccable balance that reflects Carneros terroir. Score: 92. Reviewed November 5, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 Wonderment Campbell’s Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
15.3% alc., pH 3.66, 232 cases, $40. Campbell’s Vineyard is a Dutton Ranch property first planted in the mid 1990s. This 14-acre vineyard lies in the Green Valley of Russian River Valley and is planted to Pommard 4 and 777 clones. This wine is 100% Pommard 4. · Moderately dark black cherry color in the glass. Initially, the aromas of Bing cherry, cola, and clove are appealing. Over time, the fruit trends to display a roasted quality. Full-bodied core of very ripe black cherry, black raspberry, cola and baking spice flavors with a hint of complimentary oak. Vigorous and deep on the palate with balanced tannins. Well-crafted in this very ripe style. Score: 89. Reviewed January 23, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 Wonderment Dr. Stan’s Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.65, 79 cases, $50. From a vineyard of less than 1 acre of 30+ year-old Pinot Noir vines planted to Dijon 115. · Moderate ruby color in the glass. Oak-kissed cherry perfume leads to a mid weight earthy wine featuring flavors of cherry, dried herbs, cola and noticeable oak overlay. Well-structured with dry tannins and enough acidity to bring the fruit to life. The wine finishes with a modicum of juicy cherry fruit. When tasted later in the day from a previously opened and re-corked wine, the oak was more integrated and the wine was noticeably more pleasing. Score: 90. Reviewed January 23, 2015 ARTICLE »