Pali Wine Co.

Owner(s) Scott Knight, Tim Perr
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Pali Wine Co.

Pali Wine Co. was founded in 2005 by Tim Perr, Scott Knight and a group of investors who agreed to finance a new winery in Lompoc in exchange for Brian Loring's (Loring Wine Co.) winemaking skills. Pali is named for the Los Angeles suburb of Pacific Palisades where the investors live and work. Pali is an ambitious effort, producing at one time ten different single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from top vineyards including Inman Olivet, Keefer Ranch and Thorn Ridge Ranch in the Russian River Valley, Shea and Momtazi in Oregon's Willamette Valley, and Fiddlestix and Turner in the Santa Rita Hills.

Several value-priced appellation blend Pinot Noir Cuvées from California and Oregon, named for different neighborhoods in the Pacific Palisades, were added and they have become the focus of production, with reduction in the single-vineyard Pinot Noir offerings. A second label, Tower, are affordable priced wines for daily drinking, and include other varietals such as Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc/Merlot, and Barbara.

A state of the art winery was completed in time for the 2007 vintage. This is the first building in Lompoc constructed specifically as a winery.

Total production in 2007 was 3,000 cases, but this has gradually increased and is well over twice that amount currently. The wines are bottled under screw caps. The entire lineup is solid with the Shea Vineyard bottling being the top dog. All of the wines are fruit-driven and lush with an appealing upfront style. Kenneth Juhasz has taken over for Brian Loring as consulting winemaker and Aaron Walker is the on-site winemaker. Pali wines are distributed to fine retail stores and are sold to a mailing list. The winery is located at 1601 W Central, Unit F2, Lompoc. A new tasting room was opened in 2012 in downtown Santa Barbara's "Funk Zone. The new Pali Wine Co. tasting room is also part of a 17-winery group called the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail (www.urbanwinetrailsb.com). The tasting room is open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 to 6:00 and weekends from 11:00 to 7:00.

Reviewed Wines

2012 Pali “Bluffs” Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 2,200 cases, $22.50. Sourced from Windsor Oaks and Rockin ‘B vineyards. Aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Those nose offers aromas of black cherry, baking spices and vanilla. Medium to full-bodied black cherry flavor with a hint of spice. Very ripe fruit balanced by structured tannins, finishing with a sweet cherry flourish. Score: 88. Reviewed February 22, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Pali “Huntington” Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 9,218 cases, $22.50. Aged 10 months in 25% new French oak barrels. Sourced from 6 vineyards including Riverbench, Lucas & Lewellen, Bentrock, Radian, Presq’uile and Pence Ranch. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. A very ripe, exuberant wine displaying aromas of blackberry jam, plum, balsam and oak spice and full-bodied flavors of black and purple fruits with a hint of raisin and oak. A pleasant, fruity wine with no special sense of place. Score: 86. Reviewed February 22, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Pali “Summit” Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., 2,434 cases, $29. Aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barrels. Sourced from Bentrock, Radian, Fiddlestix, and Rancho La Vina vineyards. · Dark violet in color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of black raspberry infusion, blackberry tart and spice. Bold and assertive in a modern California style with decadent layers of sappy black raspberry and blackberry fruit. Velvety on the palate with balanced tannins and some finishing intensity. Score: 87. Reviewed February 22, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Pali Wine Co. “Riviera” Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 7,700 cases, $21, screwcap. Multiple vineyard blend. Aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. This is a pleasing drink offering aromas and flavors of black cherries and raspberries and an echo of oak. Easy to drink with lacy tannins, good acidity and a kiss of cherry on the finish. Good (+). Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Pali Wine Co. “Bluffs” Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 1,100 cases, $22.50, screwcap. Aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Very ripe dark red and black cherries with notes of sassafras and balsamic. A big, showy, concentrated wine with the typical Russian River Valley profile of sweet cherries, cola and spice. A good balancing backbone of fine-grain tannins offers substance. Good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Pali Wine Co. Huntington Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

14.2% alc.,3,535 cases, $22.50, screwcap. Aged 10 months in 25% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with staying power in the glass offering aromas of very ripe black cherries, black raspberries, cola and spice. Upfront appeal with flavorful black cherry, dark berry and tea tastes backed by supple tannins. Nothing exceptional, but solid. Good (+). Reviewed February 26, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Pali Wine Co. Summit Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., 1,020 cases, $29, screwcap. Aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Enticing aromas of earth-kissed dark red and black berries, tea leaves and rose petals. Flavorful mix of purple berries with a hint of oak in the background. Modest tannins, a soft texture and a relatively short finish. A basic, very quaffable, fruity wine. Decent. Reviewed February 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Pali Wine Co. “Alphabets” Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 1,700 cases, $20. Aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Largely devoid of fruit on the nose, displaying aromas of underbrush, straw and woodpile. Medium weight dark red fruit flavors with a grassy, green tomato bent that I do not find appealing and may represent under ripe fruit. Decent at best. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Pali Wine Co. “Riviera” Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., 10,500 cases, $20. Sourced from several unnamed vineyards. Aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple hue in the glass. Fruity nose displaying aromas of cherries, raspberries, blueberries and grape juice with a hint of oak and spice. Dark fruited and medium weighted with an interesting feral quality and grilled fruit undertone. The wine is well crafted with pleasing balance and easy drink ability. Good (+). Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Pali Wine Co. "Bluffs" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

15.3% alc., 2,274 cases, $21. Sourced from several vineyards. Aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of Bing cherries, spice and sandalwood. Tasty core of slightly sweet black cherry fruit with a riff of cola and dark chocolate in the background. Rich and intense and flush with fruit that the Russian River Valley would be proud of. Texturally smooth, finishing with some firm tannins. Good (+). Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Pali Wine Co. “Huntington” Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., 2,136 cases, $21. A multiple vineyard blend. Aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of black plum reduction sauce, Asian 5-spice, and a leafy green note from oak. Medium weight flavors of dark berries and plums with the slightest oak in the background. Nothing complicated, but a solid wine with mild sandy tannins and decent acidity that is friendly and satisfying. Good (+). Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Pali Wine Co. "Summit'" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

15.5% alc., 210 cases, $29. Sourced from an unnamed prominent vineyard. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels. · Very darkly colored and dense in the glass. Aromas of spiced black plums, blackberries, raisin and mulled wine with subtle oak char in the background. A big gulp of fruit: rich, dense and concentrated bordering on jammy with a hint of anise, iron and oak. Very smoothly textured on the palate with a moderate tannic backbone. Too ripe, too big, too alcoholic (slightly hot on the finish), and a bit tiring to drink over time, but the fruit flavor is undeniably appealing. Decent. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Pali Wine Co. Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 140 cases, $50, screw cap. Clones 114, 777 and Pommard. Aged 15 months in 50% new French oak. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Very nicely perfumed with bright aromas of red cherries and raspberries with a hint of sandalwood. On the lighter side, even a bit shallow on the attack, with red cherry and berry flavors lifted by bright acidity. The tannins tend to outweigh the fruit at present. Good. Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Pali Wine Co. Windsor Oaks Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

15.3% alc., 310 cases, $50, screw cap. From a 250-acre vineyard in the warmer eastern reaches of the Russian River Valley. Aged 10 months in 50% new French oak. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Brooding initially, emerging slowly with swirling, offering very ripe aromas of dark red berries and black cherries, citrusy cranberries and peach. Moderately intense red berry and black cherry core with a hint of fennel and sage, soft and sweet on the mid palate, offering flamboyant dry tannins and a touch of heat on the finish. Decent. Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Pali Wine Co. Cargasacchi Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 100 cases, $54, screw cap. From a 16-acre vineyard located at the far western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Clone 115. Aged 15 months in 50% new French oak. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy, but pleasant aromas of spicy red berries and confected plum. Earth-kissed dark red berries and black plum flavors with underlying oak accents, offering a smooth mouth feel and finishing with good aromatic intensity, albeit a touch hot. Good (+). Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Pali Wine Co. Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 100 cases, $54, screw cap. Clones 115, 667 and Pommard 5. Aged 15 months in 50% new French oak. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. Pleasing aromas of strawberries and raspberries with a hint of sassafras and rose petals. Tasty essence of red berries with a subtle herbal bent, offering some length on the generous and dry finish. Supple tannins and very approachable now. Still appealing the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good. Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Pali Wine Co. Fiddlestix Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

15.8% alc., 100 cases, $54, screw cap. Clones 667, 777, 115 and Pommard 4. Aged 15 months in 50% new French oak. · Moderately dark purple color in the glass. Earthy nose perfumed with scents of compost, dark stone and berry fruits and dark chocolate. Mid-weight flavors of black plums, blackberries and currants with a hint of oak-driven graham and dark chocolate notes. The pedigree of the fruit really shows through. Firmly structured, but pleasing to drink, leaving a bit of heat in its wake on the finish, especially as it warms in the glass. Still appealing the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Made well in its style, and has the tannins and fruit to stand up to the high alcohol, but still a little too boozy for me. Good (+). Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Pali Wine Co. Rancho La Viña Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

15.7% alc., 100 cases, $54, screw cap. · Dark and inky purple in color. Brooding and dull on the nose with demure aromas of black fruits. Fullbodied array of black Pinot fruits include black currants and raisin wrapped in muscular, dry tannins, finishing short and hollow. Powerful, fruit-driven and Syrah-like, lacking in seductive pinotosity. Decent. Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Pali “Alphabets” Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 1,030 cases, $19. Aged 10 months in 20% new French oak barrels. · This wine rises above its humble upbringing. Lovely aromas of raspberry jam on brioche with a hint of coffee: breakfast in a Pinot. Very tasty medium weighted flavors of raspberries and cherries with accents of dark chocolate and coffee. Juicy, crisp and refreshing, this smooth player has just enough intense flavor and persistence on the finish to make you sit up and take notice. Very good. Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Pali “Bluffs” Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 1,229 cases, $19. Aged 10 months in 20% new French oak barrels. · Starts out with a flamboyant perfume of black cherries, sage and coriander seeds but fades over time, becoming less interesting with notes of cherry cola and raisins. Candied cherry flavors with a savory herbal note on the relatively short finish. A smooth operator that seduces more with the flavors than the aromas. Good. Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Pali “Riviera” Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 3,576 cases, $19. Aged 10 months in 20% new French oak barrels. · Difficult to coax much aromatic interest out of this wine presently, offering subdued aromas of black cherries, black raspberries and oak. Much more interesting in the mouth, with pleasing red fruit flavors set off by bright acidity. Fruit-driven and highly drinkable. Good. Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Pali Wine Co. "Huntington" Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 1,215 cases, $19, screw cap. Part of Pali Wine Co.’s Cuvée Program of appellation-specific Pinot Noir using purchased grapes declassified from the premium wine lineup. Aged 15 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Moderately intense color in the glass. The aromatics are striking with a plethora of black cherry, black raspberry and spice box aromas veering to the riper side. Modestly intense flavors of black cherries, dark berries and black currants with a smoky edge. The fruit closes in on over ripeness. Juicy with restrained tannins and a lingering note of cherry on the fruity finish which could use an acid uplift. Decent (+). Reviewed May 15, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Pali Wine Co. Cargasacchi Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $48, screw cap. Dijon 115 clone. Aged 15 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Medium red-purple color in the glass. The nose is primarily savory with aromas of humus, underbrush, oak spice and flowers. Rustic and earthy, with a mediumbodied core of dark raspberry and plum fruit that lingers on the relatively long finish which displays slightly cooked fruit and a floral tone. Still sporting notable ripe tannins that need time to fully integrate. Good (+). Reviewed November 29, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Pali Wine Co. Cargassachi Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 48 cases, $48, screw cap. Clone 115. Aged 15 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of humus, underbrush, oak, and cut flowers with a hint of alcohol peaking out. Darker fruits are featured with a rustic, earthy bent. Moderately aggressive tannins with some very pretty black raspberry and black plum fruit. A savory wine that carries a floral note to the finish. Good (+). Reviewed November 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Pali Wine Co. Fiddlestix Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., 112 cases, $48, screw cap. Clones 667, 777, 115 and Pommard 4 from this vineyard that was planted in 1998. Aged 15 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple hue in the glass. Aromas of deep, dark fruits with hints of oak, spice and vanillin, veering to roasted fruit aromas over time in the glass. Intense and attention-grabbing flavors of blackberries, black raspberries, black currants and the faintest oak, persisting on the fruit-driven finish. Very plush and soft in the mouth. Plenty to like in this wine, but the ripeness of the fruit distracts. Good (+). Reviewed November 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Pali Wine Co. Fiddlestix Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., 110 cases, $48, screw cap. Dijon 667, 777, 115 and Pommard 4 clones. Aged 15 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple robe. Deep aromas of very ripe, dark fruits with hints of oak-driven spice and vanillin. Intensely flavored with a big-boned core of very ripe blackberry, black raspberry and black current fruit framed by well-proportioned tannins which are unusually well-mannered for this vineyard. Soft and plush in the mouth with well-integrated oak and admirable persistence on the back end. Generous and fruity rather than classy or complex. Good (+). Reviewed November 29, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Pali Wine Co. Sunset Rosé

13.5% alc., 250 cases, $15. 90% California, 10% Oregon. A blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Grenache. · Light pink coral color. Attractive aromas of strawberries, orange peel and savory herbs. Crisp and clean flavors of strawberries, blood oranges and summer melons. A subtle note of oak adds interest. Soft in the mouth with a generous lift of acidity on the bright finish. Marvelous. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »

2008 Pali Wine Co. Alphabets Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $18, screw cap. Aged 10 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · This is a ripe fruit styled Pinot Noir more typical of California than Oregon. Copious dark red cherries and berries kissed with oak in a simple fruity wine that is smooth in the mouth and finishes with a zing of acidity. Decent. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Pali Wine Co. Riviera Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., $18, screw cap. · Aromas of alluring spiced dark berries with a hint of toasted oak. Moderately rich flavors of dark berries and plums with a touch of toasty oak and smoke. Decent. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Pali Wine Co. Summit Central Coast Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., 252 cases, $29, screw cap. Released in April 2010. 55% Monterey County fruit (Boer Vineyard in the Chalone AVA) and 45% Santa Barbara County fruit (Turner Vineyard). Aged 16 months in 50% French oak barrels. · This is an upfront wine with plenty of charisma. Very charming aromatics featuring black cherries and berries, spice, toasty oak, and cut flowers. The fruit is hi-tone and travels like a laser beam to the nose although the aromatic intensity fades a bit over time in the glass. On the palate there is a rich and satisfying core of black raspberry, blackberry, plum sauce, cola and grilled mushroom flavors with oak harmonizing in the background. A fruit lovers wine that will pair beautifully with hearty meats. This is a handy wine to buy by the case for everyday drinking. Very good. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Pali Wine Co. Summit Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., $29, screw cap. 45% Santa Barbara County (Turner Vineyard) and 55% Monterey County (Boer Vineyard). Small lot fermentation, aged 18 months. Intended for consumption upon release. · Moderately deep reddish-purple color in the glass. Lovely and complex perfume featuring aromas of slightly confected black cherries, berries, cola, spice, pepper, and vanillin that persist over time in the glass. Darker stone and berry fruits are nicely spiced and offer a pleasing richness of flavor. A really tasty fruit-driven and user friendly Pinot that aims to please. Very good. Reviewed January 27, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Pali Wine Co. Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

15.4% alc., 175 cases, $44, screw cap. This vineyard was planted in 1979 by Ed Durell and his vineyard manager Steve Hill in the foothills of Sonoma Valley. The vineyard is now owned by Bill and Ellie Price but continues to be managed by Steve Hill and his son Ned. The 180 acres are planted primarily to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Clones 115, 667 and Pommard 5. Aged 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromatic black fruits with hints of toast and smoke. Generous core of sweet dark fruits with a hint of tar and ash on the finish. Rich and ripe, held in tune with svelte tannins, and finishing with an intensely fruity snap. Decent. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Pali Wine Co. Fiddlestix Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

15.1% alc., 125 cases, $44, screw cap. Clones 667 and Pommard 4. Aged 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Darkly colored in the glass. Wellscented nose featuring red and black fruits, spice and subtle oak. The flavors echo the aromas with an added touch of vanilla and citrus peel. The luscious fruit makes a statement on the palate, yet remains light on its feet. The chalky tannins are quite normal for this vineyard. The alcohol is well integrated and the fruit-laden finish lingers for some time. Very good (+). Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Pali Wine Co. Keefer Ranch Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 225 cases, $44, screw cap. Clones 777 and Pommard 4. Aged 10 months in 33% new French oak barrels. · Enticing aromas of redder fruits including cherries and strawberries with accents of sandalwood and baking spices. Soft and smooth in the mouth, displaying a medium-weighted core of tasty red berries slipping off the back of the palate with a bright finish of admirable persistence. An exemplary wine that is typical of Pinot Noir from this venerated vineyard. Very good. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Pali Wine Co. Momtazi Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 150 cases, $44, screw cap. Clones 113, 114, 115 from this biodynamically farmed 200-acre vineyard. Aged 16 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · This is a charming wine with pleasing aromas of dark stone fruits and raspberries with an undertone of sweet oak. Ornate and well-delineated flavors of juicy cherries and berries with a subtle loamy undertow that is typical of the McMinnville appellation. Very slick with a soft texture much like a baby’s bottom. Everything sings in harmony with perfectly balanced t n‘ a. Still drank beautifully the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle indicating age ability. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Pali Wine Co. Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 250 cases, $44, screw cap. Clones 114, 777 and Pommard. Aged 16 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish color. Interesting aromas of black cherries, truffles, lavender and brewed tea. Tight and restrained in the mouth yet some lovely spiced fruit lingers in the background enhanced with an appealing earthiness and meatiness. The fruit is enrobed in prodigious tannins. Hard to get close to at first but noticeably better the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. A cellar candidate. Very good. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Pali Wine Co. Zenith Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 100 cases, $44, screw cap. Zenith Vineyard is owned and farmed by Tim and Kari Ramey and their partner, St. Innocent Ltd. The vineyard is planted to 60 acres of Pinot Noir, 12 acres of Chardonnay and 9 acres of Pinot Gris. Aged 10 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light and reddish in color. Striking nose that is very floral highlighting red roses with a hint of oak and peppery spice. Did they put roses in the ferment? An easy drinking wine that is soft and smooth in the mouth featuring flavors of dark red strawberries, raspberries, and edible flowers. A little spice and earthiness adds interest. Fine-grain tannins and bright acidity in the background add to the allure. Good. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Pali Wine Co. Bluffs Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 500 cases, $19, released Nov., 2008. Aged for 10 months in 50% new French oak. · Restrained aromatic melange of cherries and berries with an oak overlay. Lighter weighted wine featuring flavors of black cherries, cola, spice and oak, with mild dry tannins and a healthy acid spine. A Wednesday night Pinot. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Pali Wine Co. Boer Family Vineyard Chalone Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 220 cases, $50, released November 2008. This 4.5-acre vineyard is farmed by Carrie and Richard Boer. Richard is the current vineyard manager at Chalone. The Boer Family Vineyard was originally named the A-Frame Vineyard and was owned by Phil Woodward, one of the original founders of Chalone Vineyard, and was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard was grafted over to Pinot Noir in 2006 using bud wood from favored blocks at Chalone Vineyard. The clones are 114, 115, 667 and Pommard 4. All of the Pinot Noir fruit from this vineyard is consigned to Pali Wine Co.. · Complex aromatic profile of dark cherries, herbs, char and forest floor. The red and black fruit is super ripe showing flavors of raisins, brown spice and root beer, but stopping short of a port, stewed taste. Flamboyant tannins should resolve with more time in the bottle, but this will always be a ripely flavored wine. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Pali Wine Co. Cargasacchi Jalama Vineyard Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 100 cases, $50, released November 2008. From a 16-acre vineyard planted in 1999 to clone 115 and farmed by owner Peter Cargasacchi. · Nuanced nose sporting scents of berry compote, oak spice, roasted nuts, vitamins and a hint of alcohol. Concentrated dark berry flavors with an underbelly of forest floor, minerals, oak, pepper and citrus. Smooth and silky with a good cut of acid on the finish. Quite tasty. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Pali Wine Co. Durrell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 240 cases, $50, released November 2008. The vineyard was first planted in 1979 by Ed Durell and his vineyard manager Steve Hill. It is located in the southwestern foothills of Sonoma Valley. Today, the vineyard is owned by Bill and Ellie Price, but still managed by Steve Hill and his son Ned. Today the vineyard comprises 180 acres planted primarily to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Clones are 115, 667 and Pommard 5. · Scents of darker fruits with notes of oak char and cigar. Lush, chewy and potent fresh plum and blackberry fruit is front and center with an undertow of oak. The supple texture is appealing but this wine lacks nuance at present. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Pali Wine Co. Fiddlestix Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 110 cases, $50, released November 2008. Clones 667 and Pommard 4. · Alive with scents of mushu plum sauce, blueberries, cherries and olives. Multi faceted fruits have a rich, glass-filling presence. A hint of coffee and pepper adds interest. As is typical for this vineyard, plenty of tannin is noted, but the tannin is refined and velvety creating a sensual mouthfeel. The wine was even better the next day when re-tasted from a previously open and re-corked bottle. This Pinot is a real turn-on and one to spend the night with. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Pali Wine Co. Inman Olivet Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 212 cases, $50, released spring 2009. Formerly the Olivet Grange Vineyard, this 7.2-acre vineyard was planted in 2000 and is farmed organically by owner Kathleen Inman. The clones are 114, 115, 667 and 777. · Bright aromas of black cherries, strawberries, cola and oak. Tasty and tangy black cherry fruit jumps out flanked by flavors of pomegranates, cherry cola, savory herbs, and oak char. The flamboyant tannins will integrate with more time in the bottle. A charming wine that holds your interest. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Pali Wine Co. Keefer Ranch Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 289 cases, $50, released spring 2009. Clones 777 and Pommard 4. Aged 10 months in 50% new French oak. · The nose starts out earthy and oaky but evolves nicely in the glass revealing hi-tone Bing cherry and raspberry fruit with an oak underpinning. Crisp flavors of dark red cherries and berries with an earthy bent. Smoothly textured and finishing with tangy acidity and bright fruit. The pedigree of the vineyard shows through. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Pali Wine Co. Momtazi Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., 180 cases, $50, released November 2008. A biodynamically-farmed 220-acre vineyard located in the McMinnville sub-AVA of the Willamette Valley. Owned and farmed by Moe and Flora Momtazi. Clones are 113, 114, 115. · This wine has deep color but is lightly flavored. The nose offers aromas of black cherries, strawberries, briar and oak. The sweet dark fruit flavors are juicy and earthy but a bit dilute. An elegant style with supple tannins and a smooth texture. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Pali Wine Co. Turner Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 120 cases, $50, released spring 2009. Turner Vineyard is located between Melville and Babcock vineyards just east of Clos Pepe Vineyard. The vineyard is owned by Dennis Turner and was planted by and is farmed by Ryan Carr. There are 15 acres of Pinot Noir with some Syrah and Pinot Gris. Clones are 114, 667 and 777. · Restrained and brooding earthkissed black berry fruits with an underpinning of beef jerky and citrus. This is the Big Boy in the lineup, with an intense fruit core that saturates the palate. Despite its heft, the texture is satiny and the prodigious fruit is brought into focus by balancing t n’ a. Closed and unrewarding now, but with the structure and tannic edge to suggest age ability. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Pali Wine Co. Thorn Ridge Ranch Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 180 cases, $60, released November 2008. This 27-acre vineyard is farmed by Ted and Kathy Klopp and is located in the hills southwest of Sebastopol. The Goldridge soil has greater clay content than is typical leading to better water retention and allowing minimal or no irrigation of parts of the vineyard. The vineyard clones are 115, 667, 777, Pommard and Swan. · This wine contains clones 115 and 777. Terrific nose displaying bright aromas of dark cherries and berries, cola and a hint of summer herbs. Tasty mouthful of dark cherries, black raspberries, sassafras, and a hint of earthiness, oak and white pepper. Supple in the mouth with cleansing acidity on the persistent finish and impeccable balance. A gregarious Pinot that really delivers the goods. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »

2005 Pali Wine Co Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 249 cases, $44, screw cap. I looked and looked and could not find a vintage dating on the front or back label! · The aromas of fresh baked cherry pie wafted from the glass. There was a solid sweet red and black fruit core with judicious use of oak. Silky in texture, the finish left a lingering impression of dark chocolate, black cherries and lively acidity. There is a lot of charisma in this Pinot Noir. Reviewed April 30, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Pali Wine Company Turner Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

130 cases, $44. The Turner Vineyard is just east of the Fiddlestix Vineyard on Santa Rosa Road. · This wine is quite decent with lovely aromatics of cherry and spice, a solid core of red and blue fruits, and lively acidity on the finish. Reviewed July 23, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Pali Wine Co. Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $45, screw cap. Dijon 114 clone, aged in 50% new French oak for 10 months. Brian Loring is the winemaker. · Beautifully expressive black cherry aromas, bright cherry and black raspberry fruit with a very subtle oak influence and some unresolved tannins on the backend. The second time I have tasted this wine and I found it immensely satisfying both times. Reviewed January 30, 2008 ARTICLE »