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A producer of Charles Heinz Vineyard still Pinot Noir and Champagne-method sparkling wine made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. All sparkling wines are bottled, riddled and disgorged by hand. The sparkling wine has become a cult wine that is hard to find and is only sold to mailing list members by allocation.
The wines are made by SF Chronicle's 2016 Winemaker of the Year, Michael Cruse. The first release was in December 2014. About 300 cases were made in the first vintage at Cruse's Petaluma winery where he crafts several other varietals under the Cruse Wine Co. label.
2014 Ultramarine Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
12.0% alc., $85 (secondary market). This is a highly acclaimed cult producer of both sparkling wines and still Pinot Noir sourced from Charles Heintz Vineyard, crafted by The San Francisco Chronicle’s 2016 Winemaker of the Year, Michael Cruse. · Light red ruby color in the glass. A similar aromatic profile to a Pinot Noir Rosé, with scents of strawberry, cranberry, blood orange, herbs and spice. Rather light in weight and lean in style, with flavors that echo the aromas. Bright and lifted with good acidity, but the attack and finish lack sustenance. Seems like a still wine made with grapes ripened for sparkling wine. Score: 89. Reviewed May 7, 2017 ARTICLE »