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Winemaker Brad Kitson grew up in California's Central Valley and made numerous trips to visit relatives in the Napa Valley. His career path began in high tech, but wanted a change. He returned to school to get a master's degree in Viticulture & Enology at University of California at Davis. While in school, he began to work at Farella Vineyard in the Napa Valley, and later became winemaker at Domaine Georg Rafael. Today he is owner and winemaker of Kitson Wines.
An Anderson Valley Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are offered and sold online through the website. The 2010 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir won a Double Gold at the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The 2016 North Coast Pinot Noir won Double Gold at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
2016 Kitson Wines North Coast Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.71, TA 0.55, 120 cases, $32. Double Gold Medal winner San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Harvest Brix 23.0º. A blend of three vineyards in the Anderson Valley, Sonoma Coast and Coombsville appellations. 60%+ Pommard with the remainder Dijon 777, 115 and Swan selection. 10% whole cluster fermentation. Aged 10 months in previously used French oak barrels. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Appealing scents of cherry, spice, redwood and pine. Lighter in style, with easygoing flavors of red cherry and berry with a forest thread. Forward drinking with silky tannins and commendable balance. Like a Model T - simple but reliable. Score: 89. Reviewed June 9, 2018 ARTICLE »
2016 Kitson Wines Black Knight Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., pH 3.69, TA 0.558, 123 cases, $36. Harvest Brix 24.0º. The vineyard, situated in the southeast region of the Sonoma Coast due east of the Petaluma Gap, is organically farmed. Clones 777, 667 and 115. 100% de-stemmed into open-top fermenters. Cold soak followed by slight inoculation of wine yeast. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. · Moderately light ruby red color in the glass. Deeply aromatic, featuring cherry, sandalwood and feral aromas. Elegantly styled, soft and satiny in texture, with mid weight flavors of black cherry and dark red berries. Very sleek, like an Aston-Martin, with deft balance and plenty of aromatic cherry goodness on the finish. The wine reaches new heights over time in the glass indicating age ability. Score: 93. Reviewed June 9, 2018 ARTICLE »
2016 Kitson Wines Haynes Vineyard Coombsville Napa Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., pH 3.73, TA 0.56, 117 cases, $36. Haynes Vineyard, located in the cool southeast corner of the Napa Valley in the Coombsville AVA, was originally planted in 1966 under consultation from Napa legend Andre Tchelitscheff. Swan and Dijon 115 clones used in this wine were added to the mix subsequently. Harvest Brix 23.8º. 100% de-stemmed in to open-top fermenters. Slight inoculation of wine yeast. Aged in French oak barrels, 17% new. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Fresh aromas of cherry, baking spices and piney oak. Deeply flavored core of red cherry, cranberry and spice. Very gracious and elegant like a Bentley, with impressive harmony. Tre Pinot. Score: 92. Reviewed June 9, 2018 ARTICLE »