Father John Winery

Owner(s) Nicholas Maloney
Web site www.fatherjohnwinery.com
 
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Father John Winery

Father John Wines is dedicated to the late Reverend John Weaver, a renowned Episcopalian priest. Nicholas Maloney, a Sonoma native and John's grandson, operates Father John Wines. He currently lives in Beaune, France having studied at the world-renown Lycée Viticole. He has worked at Clos du Bois and Porter-Bass in California and Chateau d'Issan in Margaux, Maison Ilan in Nuits-Saint-Georges, and Domaine Rollin in Pernand Verglesses.

Father John was launched in 2010. In California, he works with the Oehlman Vineyard in Graton (Russian River Valley), producing 200 cases in 2012. A Sonoma County Pinot Noir was offered in the 2014 vintage.

Maloney started making a Chardonnay from a single parcel, "Les Larrets Blancs," not far from Corton-Charlemagne and this wine will be available in early 2016.

The wines are sold exclusively to restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area and members of the mailing list.

Reviewed Wines

2014 Father John Vine Hills Road (Oehlman Vineyard) Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

12.5% alc., $55. · t cherry red color in the glass. Effusive aromas of red cherry, rose petal and complimentary toasty oak. A feminine, ethereal wine with delicate flavors of red cherry and cranberry, spice and sous bois. Exquisitely balanced with a juicy finish that exudes cherry fruit. Chambolle Musigny anyone? Score: 91. Reviewed May 11, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Father John Les Luteniéres Bourgogne France Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $80. Imported by Maison Harbour LLC, Travelers Rest, South Carolina. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The nose offers a mix of cherry fruit and savory earthy aromas. Earth-blessed, modestly sweet flavors of cherry, raspberry and cranberry are quite inviting. The overall impression denotes sauvage, with a noticeable oak input. Nicely balanced, improving over time in the glass, with a modest but satisfying finish. This wine was tasted two days after opening from a re-corked bottle indicating it has good prospects for longevity. Score: 90. Reviewed May 11, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Father John Oehlman Vineyard Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

12.5% alc., $55 (sold out). · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Sexy aromas of Bing cherry, spice and raspberry preserves. Very elegant, but highly flavorful, featuring a cherry-driven core of vibrant fruit framed by silky tannins, integrated acidity, and finishing with plenty of cherry goodness. A beautiful wine that hits the mark in this vintage. Score: 93. Reviewed May 11, 2016 ARTICLE »

2012 Father John Oehlman Vineyard Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $55. Partially de-stemmed. Aged 11 months sur lie in French oak barrels. Fined but not filtered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Effusive and persistent aromas of cherry, cranberry, raspberry and spice. Silky and satisfying on the palate with mid weight flavors of cherry, cranberry and pomegranate underlain with a subtle savory herb, oak and citrus note in the background. Admirable freshness, with juicy acidity, suave tannins, and a long cherry-driven finish. A relatively demure interpretation of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir that oozes pinotosity. Score: 92. Reviewed April 4, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Father John Oehlman Vineyard Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $55 (sold out). Some whole cluster. Aged 11 months on lees in French oak barrels. Fined but not filtered. · Light cherry red color in the glass. Aromas of cherry and sandalwood lead to a middleweight styled wine with vivid flavors of red cherry, cranberry and raspberry, framed by a kiss of oak. Elegantly composed, with very bright acidity complimenting the juicy, slightly tart finish. Score: 90. Reviewed May 11, 2016 ARTICLE »



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