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Brogan Cellars

Owner(s) Margi Wierenga
Web site www.brogancellars.com
 
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It's nothing fancy - a bare bones, makeshift winery arranged under a carport roof in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley. You will find there's a sense of déjà vu at Brogan Cellars, and for a good reason. Besides sharing father Burt Williams' hearty laugh and passion for Pinot Noir, she has pursued a similar course in her winemaking career.

Margi was a teenager when her father, Burt Williams, started making the first Williams Selyem wines in a bathtub in a basement beneath their garage in the late 1970s. For several years she worked as a volunteer at her father's winery housed in a garage in Fulton before taking a paid position in 1993 at the Westside Road facility. In between, she worked in different capacities at Hop Kiln Winery. In 1998, she decided to follow in her father's footsteps and start her own winery.

Brogan Cellars, named after Margaret's ("Margi's") paternal grandmother, had all the earmarks of a mom and pop operation. "It was a bootstrap business run on a lean $75,000 start up budget," she says. Her husband, Mike, who owns a refrigeration company, is a handyman who rigged up her winemaking equipment. They use small old dairy vats for fermenters and purchased most of the other equipment, including a tiny crusher. The barrel-aging room, office and tasting area are in a tight, 800 square-foot converted garage that Wierenga was happy to call home until 2002, when additional space was obtained in Hopland, 30 miles north of Healdsburg.

In 2004, Margi and Mike's son James joined Brogan, adding a third generation to the family business. And customers, too, become family at Brogan. During the harvest, many still volunteer to help with the crush.

Margi crafts age worthy Pinot Noirs from premium vineyards in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Anderson Valley (her father's Morning Dew Ranch). At times she produces other varietals as well. Most of the wine (less than 2,000 cases annually) is sold to an eager mailing list. Tasting by appointment. 707-473-0211.

Reviewed Wines

2009 Brogan Cellars Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $50. · Darkly colored in the glass. Aromas and flavors veer to the very ripe side with notes of black plums, black currants, dried blueberry, prune, raisin and oak. A somewhat unpleasant tarry bent is evident. A full-throttle, big and burly wine finishing with hipitched acidity. Decent. Reviewed November 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Brogan Cellars Two Brothers Cuveé Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $55. Sourced from three vineyards by Margi’s two sons, James and Bobby, who helped create the blend. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark red berries, black cherries, cigar and seasoned oak. A feminine, lighterstyled wine with mildly rich flavors of dark red raspberries, Bing cherries and spice with an oaky, tarry note in the background that should resolve with aging. Decent. Reviewed July 1, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Brogan Cellars Hansen Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $65. · Very dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. This is a curious wine that will not have universal appeal. The vineyard is located next to a diary and the wine reflects this. It always shows a smoky character and noticeable barnyard on the nose. I pick up old wood, tar and earthy aromas and flavors overlying a core of black cherry fruit. Margi says the barnyard characters get more complex over time and that some customers find this terroir-driven wine to be one of their favorites in the Brogan Cellars lineup. Very soft and smooth with mild tannins. Decent. Reviewed July 1, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Brogan Cellars Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $65. Sourced from Burt Williams’ vineyard. · Dark reddish purple color in the glass. Fresh aromas of dark cherries and berries with hints of herbs and brioche. A full mouthful of Pinot Noir, featuring flavors of ollaliberry pie, blackberries and mocha. Very smooth and sexy with perfectly balanced t n ‘a. Delicious the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. A wowzer. Reviewed November 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Brogan Cellars My Father’s Vineyard Margi’s Reserve Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., $65. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Brooding aromas of black stone fruits, cassis and oak. Flavors of dark red and black fruits flood the mid palate, brightened by lively acidity, and leaving a lasting impression on the generous finish. Sporting generous grippy tannins that need time to integrate and soften. A smooth and satiny texture is appealing. Wait a few years on this one. Very good. Reviewed July 1, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Brogan Cellars My Father’s Vineyard Shula’s Pond Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $70. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy but pleasant aromas of black raspberry tart, dark chocolate and dark red rose petals. Delicious medium-weight flavors of cherry pie filling, cola and mocha. A stunning wine with polished tannins and plenty of pizzazz that tasted even better the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. This vineyard is really coming in to its own. Margi’s favorite from My Father’s Vineyard to date and mine too. She expects this wine to age 10-12 years. Reviewed July 1, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Brogan Cellars Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $75. A blend of two vineyards to the east of the Russian River including the Helio Doro Block of Buena Tierra Vineyard. Dark garnet color in the glass. · Nice array of scents including Bing cherries, baking spices and marzipan. Richly endowed with copious and liquor-like very ripe flavors of framboise, black cherries and sassafras. Dense and palate-staining, and a bit virile for me now, yet offering supple tannins, an appealingly smooth mouth feel and stunning persistence on the fruity finish. Not for wimps. May shed some heft with several years in the bottle. Very good. Reviewed July 1, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Brogan Cellars Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $50. · Deeply colored in the glass. Appealing aromas of black cherries and dark berry jam with a hint of tobacco smoke. Tasty core of dark stone fruits with a faint accent of tar in the background. Nicely composed with a silky mouth feel and gossamer tannins. Good. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Brogan Cellars Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $50. · Moderate garnet hue in the glass. Very intense perfume of cherries with a hint of sandalwood and oak. Delicious cherry pie core with a touch of tar and herbs. Discreetly rich with restrained tannins and a refreshing finish. The most forward wine in the 2008 lineup. Very good. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Brogan Cellars Hansen Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $65. · This wine is not ready for prime time yet. The fruit is simply too shy and oak steals the limelight. Like all Margi’s wines, the silky soft texture is very appealing. I would revisit this wine in a few years. Decent. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Brogan Cellars My Father’s Vineyard Jan’s Reserve Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $65. A blend of clones from Morning Dew Ranch, named in honor of Margi’s mother. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy, but pleasing aromas of darker stone and berry fruits. Nicely crafted and very harmonious with discreet flavors of darker red fruits including pomegranate, with lively acidity, mild tannins and a soft, finesse-laden texture. There is a faint tarry, smoke taste in the background. Good. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Brogan Cellars My Father’s Vineyard Margi’s Block Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $65. · Shy fruit aromas with noticeable scents of cigar and ash. On the palate, the sweet and smoky black cherries plums and blackberries are framed by bright acidity and pillowy tannins. Think grilled fruit from the barbecue. Hard for me to get by the smoke affect. Decent. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Brogan Cellars Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $75. A blend of all Russian River Valley vineyard designates. · Aromas of black cherries, spice, sandalwood and prominent toasted oak. Plenty of fruit at the core, but dominated by flavors of oak and ash. Silky soft on the palate with fine tannins. Will surely improve over time in the bottle with more integration of the oak, although an opened and re-corked bottle was not any better the next day. Decent. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Brogan Cellars Buena Tierra Vineyard Helio Doro Block Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., $90. May be the last designated Helio Doro Block as Margi is using fruit from other parts of the Buena Tierra Vineyard and may be doing a vineyard blend in the future. · Bright aromas of Bing cherries, strawberries and baking spices. Strikingly intense and flavorful red cherry and berry fruits with hints of brown spices, cherry cola and Red Vines that linger on the pleasing finish for over 30 seconds. Soft in the mouth with impressive finesse and sensuality. This wine has the whole package and is deserving of the title, “Sex in the glass.” Buena Tierra is one of California’s greatest Pinot Noir vineyards, consistently offering a Grand Cru drinking experience. A certain All-American this year. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Brogan Cellars Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $40. · Deep, richly perfumed nose featuring black raspberries and Asian spice. Satisfying cherry and berry fruit, subtly oaked and spiced, with a moderate tannic backbone. Light and silky in the mouth. Not as rich on the palate as the nose would suggest but a good drink. A Gold Medal winner at the 2008 Sonoma Harvest Fair Wine Competition. Reviewed January 1, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Brogan Cellars Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., $50. · The most restrained nose in the lineup showing less fruitiness and more stem, oak char and good barnyard. A solid berry fruit core peeks out and there is good balancing t n’ a, but this wine is tight. There is enough charm to indicate good things are ahead, but I wouldn’t even think about popping the cork on this one for another few years. Reviewed May 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Brogan Cellars Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., $50. · Like the name of the vineyard implies, this wine smells of fresh morning air with shy red berry fruits in the background. Rather austere and crisp in style with tart cherry, cranberry and pomegranate flavors. Good. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Brogan Cellars Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $50. · Panoply of aromas including dark berries, dates, underbrush, cut flowers and a touch of barnyard. Tasty essence of dark red cherries and berries with a savory bent. Still noticeably oak infused with firm tannins and lively acidity on the finish. Needs more time to come together. Decent. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Brogan Cellars Lingenfelder Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $65. · Moderately dark reddish purple color. Reticent aromas of dark fruits and oak. A full-on palate of mixed berry fruits with plenty of tannin and a cola and citrus note in the background. A husky wine with an impressive core of fruit that needs time for integration of the tannin. Good. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Brogan Cellars Buena Tierra Vineyard Helio Doro Block Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $90. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. When first opened, the wine’s fruit was drowned out by oak. Within three days from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine had dramatically transformed with integration of the oak and plenty of bright, nicely spiced black cherry and berry fruit at the forefront. I have tasted many vintages of this wine and this is a relatively light example, even feminine in style. The tannins are supple and the texture is silky adding to the appeal. Very good. Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2006 Brogan Cellars Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., $45. · Shy aromas of cherry syrup, grass and barnyard. Dark red earthy fruits Good acid spine. Not showing particularly well right now but Margi’s wines need some time to develop. Be patient. Reviewed June 9, 2008 ARTICLE »

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2006 Brogan Cellars Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., $45. Aged 11 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · High-toned nose showing aromas of deep red Pinot fruits, leather hide, seasoned oak and a touch of grass. Vibrant and vigorous strawberry, raspberry, cranberry and pomegranate fruits which taste like the best fruit punch you have ever had. Plenty of vim and vigor due to lively acidity, well-integrated tannins, a sense of delicacy and a finish that keeps on delivering for over 30 seconds. Uncle! Reviewed May 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Brogan Cellars Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., $45. Aged 11 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. The aromas of hard cherry and berry candy remind me of my childhood. Scents of pine pitch and sage add interest. Delicious and intense core of red fruits with a confected note, hints of red licorice and root beer, all framed in mild firm, dry tannins. Very harmonious with a notable persistence of fruit flavors on the pleasing finish. Very good. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2006 Brogan Cellars Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $45. · Medium-dark reddish-purple color. Complex and interesting nose which changes in the glass. It begins with black cherry, plum, and a hint of oak spice and adds grilled meat scents over time. Blacker fruits, including black raspberry and some raisin are dominant. Finishes clean with a citrus-laden finish. With time in the glass, more oak peeks out. Reviewed August 4, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Brogan Cellars Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $45. Aged 11 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · A cherry bombast in the glass. Mildly syrupy and thick on the palate with flavor bites of spice and anise adding interest. The tannins have melded and lively acidity lifts the finish. Prototypical Russian River Valley Pinot. Can drink now. Good. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2006 Brogan Cellars Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $45. · Light reddish-purple in color. Some grassy and barnyard accents to the red fruit. Tasty red cherry flavors with the grassy theme carrying through to the finish. Light and more feminine than many Brogan Pinot Noirs, it is well-balanced and easy to drink. Not winemaker Margi’s best wine, but still quite decent. Reviewed April 7, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Brogan Cellars Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $45. Aged 11 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Lovely nuanced aromatic profile featuring earthkissed berries, bay leaf, spice and oak. Soft and elegant on the palate, with flavors of dark red cherries and berries, gossamer tannins, and a refreshingly bright finish. Good. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2006 Brogan Cellars Hansen Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

$60. A new vineyard source in 2006. Aged 11 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light in color with an orange cast to the rim of the glass. Appealing aromas of strawberries and cherries which are slightly roasted. Light on its feet and easy to drink, the red fruit flavors are set off by a subtle note of Madera. This wine is showing slight premature oxidation. Good. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2006 Brogan Cellars Lingenfelder Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

15.3% alc., $60. From a Pommard clone block. Aged 11 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Opens slowly in the glass, revealing intense crushed berry, black cherry and dark chocolate aromas. Rich and toasty ripe dark fruits fill the mouth with pleasure. The tannins have melded and the wine is all silk and satin. The intense fruit, prominent oak and high alcohol all come together in harmony. Very good. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2006 Brogan Cellars Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir

15.1% alc., $65. · Moderately light reddishpurple in color with a slight orange tinge to the rim in the glass. The wine shows unappealing scents of cooked fruit, herbal oak and leather sole. The ripe black cherry, cassis, and sassafras flavors are flat. The loss of color, aroma and flavor indicate a prematurely oxidized wine. An unsatisfactory bad bottle. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2006 Brogan Cellars Buena Tierra Vineyard Helio Doro Block Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $80. Aged 15 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · The aromas of fresh black cherries, Herbs de Provence and warm brioche draw you into the glass. Delicious flavor of berry jam on toast with amazing intensity and staying power on the long, long finish. Very smooth in the mouth and drinking beautifully now. This wine never disappoints. Very good (+). Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2006 Brogan Cellars Michaela’s Reserve Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., $110. The last Brogan Cellars Pinot Noir from Summa Vineyard. Named for Margi’s granddaughter born in 2006. Aged 15 months in 50% new French oak. Margi notes, “I am counting on aging a few cases at least 21 years for my granddaughter.” · Moderately intense reddish-purple color in the glass. A marvelously fruity nose brings you to attention. Delicious layers of intense red and black fruits fan out in the mouth, caressed by mild, firm tannins and framed by a bright citric note. The texture wraps you in silk pajamas as the dreamy finish sails along. A classy wine that lets you know it is a Reserve. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2006 Brogan Cellars Michaela’s Reserve Summa Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., $110. The last Brogan Cellars Pinot Noir from Summa Vineyard. Crafted from young vines. Named for Margi’s granddaughter born in 2006. Aged 15 months in 50% new French oak. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Enticing aromas of black cherry liquor and vanillin oak. Layered and flashy on the palate with delicious flavors of well-spiced redder fruits which cling to the lengthy finish. Beautifully balanced with a dreamy mouth feel. A special wine with years of life ahead. Reviewed July 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2005 Brogan Cellars Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $45. Aged 11 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Attractive perfume of Bing cherries, baking spices and fennel. Red-fruited featuring cherries and pomegranates with a side car of cola, graham, bacon and citrus. On the lighter side with soft tannins. Tends to fade over time in the glass. Drink up. Good. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2005 Brogan Cellars Lingenfelder Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $55. · An earthy, savory wine with plenty of tasty black raspberry and black plum fruit and a dash of allspice and oak reflecting its Pommard and Martini clonal origins. The mouthfeel is rich and pleasing with well defined tannins holding the fruit in check. A seamless wine that has staying power for over an hour in the glass. Very good (+). Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2005 Brogan Cellars My Father’s Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 150 cases, $60. Aged in 50% new French oak barrels for 15 months. · The nose will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand erect. Oodles of black cherries, berry pie, sage, Moroccan spice, and violets. Wow! A richly flavored wine brimming with black raspberries with a hint of citrus peel in the background (think lemon custard with raspberries). Even some spearmint flavor shows up. A very interesting wine which still has enough structure to go the distance. Reviewed May 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2005 Brogan Cellars My Father’s Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 150 cases, $60. Aged 15 months in 50% new French oak barrels. This vineyard has grafts from Rochioli Vineyard. · Dark reddishpurple hue in the glass. Alluring scents of wild berries, brown spice, brioche and sawn wood. Very subtle possibility of cork taint (second bottle not available). Intense and persistent cherry and berry fruits tasting like jam on toast. Plenty of acidity on the refreshing finish. Good. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2005 Brogan Cellars Sonoma Coast Reserve Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $60. Sourced from Summa Vineyard. Aged 11 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Terrific aromas of cherry pie and baking spices. The wine attacks the palate with a big burst of luscious black cherry fruit augmented with subtle earth and oak notes. A solid wine that picks up intensity and interest in the glass. Smooth and charming, this Pinot is refined and balanced. Very good. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2005 Brogan My Father’s Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 150 cases, $60. · This is a dark wine brimming with sweet ripe red fruits probably from whole cluster influence. It is juicy, vivid and alive with great richness of flavor. The finish is clean and sports an interesting hint of pink grapefruit. Website: www.brogancellars.com. Reviewed June 3, 2007 ARTICLE »

2004 Brogan Cellars Old Vines Summa Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.9% alc.. · Dark reddishpurple color in the glass. Aromas of toasted oak. High-strung with bright acidity and a citrus-laden finish. Shy fruit and a slight vegetal tone on the finish. Disjointed. Reviewed July 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

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2004 Brogan Cellars Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 100 cases, $40. The first wine from Burt Williams’ vineyard. · The nose is a knockout featuring heady fresh berries, black cherries, spices and a hint of oak. Literally intoxicating. Luscious dark fruits with a dusting of oak char. Plenty of body and weight but supported beautifully by balancing sandy tannins and acidity. A marvelous wine that is drinking at its peak. Reviewed May 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2004 Brogan Cellars Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

15.1% alc., 235 cases, $45. Aged in 45% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Darkly colored. Aromas of black cherries, wild berries and mocha java draw you in. Rich and vivid flavors of cassis and black plums with a touch of anise, spice and dark chocolate. The tannins are soft and well integrated. A hedonist’s delight with a slight syrupy texture but not cloying or jammy. Impressive persistence on the finish. Very good. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2004 Brogan Cellars Lingenfelder Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 75 cases, $48. Aged 11 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Blend of Pommard and Martini blocks. · Moderate reddishpurple color in the glass. The nose is highlighted by purple fruits with a dash of soy, tea and purple roses. Very tasty big-boned core of cassis and black plum flavors with oak playing a supporting role. Nicely composed with a smooth texture, flannel tannins and a big fruit-driven finish. Drinking perfectly now. Very good. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2004 Brogan Cellars Benovia Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., 50 cases, $50. Sourced from the Cohn Vineyard used by Williams Selyem for many years. Aged 11 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · On the nose there are pleasing aromas of mixed red berries with a subtle green note. The tasty core of red cherries and berries linger on the pleasing finish. Soft and elegant, veering to the light side but quite enjoyable. Good. Note: this was a second bottle - the first bottle sampled was corked. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2004 Brogan Cellars Summa Vineyard Young Vine Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $60. · This baby is a deep dark purple color. The aromas of toasty oak and plump dark cherries waft in the glass. The body of the wine is rich and offers dark black cherries, earth and sage. The smooth finish is outrageous. This is a big wine that is beautifully composed and complete in every way. Delightful! Reviewed January 29, 2007 ARTICLE »

2004 Brogan Cellars Summa Vineyard Young Vines Sonoma Coast

14.1% alc., $60. · This is a deep dark purple Pinot Noir that draws you in with a sumptuous dark cherry and toasty oak aromas. The lush fruit fills the mouth and the outrageous finish is brimming with dark cherries and spice. This is a brilliantly crafted and regal wine. Reviewed April 30, 2007 ARTICLE »

2004 Brogan Cellars Summa Vineyard Young Vines Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 150 cases, $60. · Deep, dark reddish purple color in the glass. Earthy and savory with scents of grilled plums and mushrooms with notes of old cask and smoke. Exotically flavored dark fruit with accents of anise and black olive. Still has notable tannins and considerable life ahead. A distinctive wine that holds your interest. Good. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2004 Brogan Cellars Young Vines Summa Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 150 cases, $60. · Moderate reddish-purple color with slight bricking of the rim in the glass. Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy aromas of grilled plums and toasty oak. Flavors of dark cherries and plum sauce with hints of raisin, fruit leather and oak. Excellent acid spine, but the tannins dominate the fruit. Reviewed July 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2004 Brogan Cellars Buena Tierra Vineyard Helio Doro Block Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 220 cases, $75. Aged in 75% new French oak, unfined and unfiltered. · Demure scents of Bing cherry, toast and a touch of barnyard. Immensely satisfying wild red berry and red cherry flavors wrapped in baking spices and chicory. Delicate and bright with a suave texture, slippery tannins and a flashy aromatic lift on the finish. This is drinking beautifully now and is definitely “sex in a glass.” Reviewed October 1, 2008 ARTICLE »

2004 Brogan Cellars Buena Tierra Vineyard Helio Doro Block Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 220 cases, $75. Aged in 75% new French oak barrels. · Lightest in color of the 2004 wines sampled. Lovely perfume of Bing cherries with a dash of oak and leather. Flat-out delicious with vibrant flavors of cherries, baking spices and sandalwood. Sleek, silky and showing all the style and grace one could ask for. Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2003 Brogan Cellars Old Vines Summa Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.9% alc.. Aged in 75% new French oak. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Very ripe fruit profile with aromas of black plum sauce blackberry jam, and spice. Full-bodied flavors of cassis and currant with notes of brown spice and sassafras. Still showing adequate tannic support for the prodigious fruit. Reviewed July 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2003 Brogan Cellars Lone Redwood Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $50. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color with a slight orange hue to the rim. Bright black cherry aroma with hints of red licorice and exotic woods. Very tasty black cherry essence with tobacco and cola in the background. The tannins are very soft and the bright acidity frames the fruit beautifully. A great older Pinot that has held up nicely. Very good (+). Reviewed September 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2003 Brogan Cellars Buena Tierra Vineyard Helio Doro Block Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc, $75. Aged 15 months, unfined and unfiltered. · Shy nose of black cherries, black rasberries and baking spice. Delicious black cherry and blackberry core with chocolate accents and a citric note on the clean finish. The powerful black raspberry scent carries a finish that lasts at least half a minute. Reviewed October 1, 2008 ARTICLE »

2002 Brogan Cellars Old Vines Summa Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.0% alc.. · Very light reddish-purple color in the glass. Fresh and holding well with vibrant aromas of dark cherries and toasty oak. Moderately rich flavors of dark red berries and cherries, wrapped in gossamer tannins, and finishing with a fresh, uplifting note of cherries and peppercorns. Still has several years of life ahead. Reviewed July 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2002 Brogan Cellars Buena Tierra Vineyard Helio Doro Block Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $75. Aged 11 months in 75% new French oak. · Dark earth-kissed cherry and berry aromas are echoed in the flavors. The ripest, thickest and most brooding of the Brogan wines sampled. A touch dry and rough with a slight citric tang on the finish. Reviewed October 1, 2008 ARTICLE »

2001 Brogan Cellars Buena Tierra Vineyard Helio Doro Block Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $75. Aged 14 months in 50% new French oak. · Very enticing aromas of black cherries, oak, mocha, sage and spearmint. Bright and sweet black cherry flavors with a little plum, cola and earth notes. Fairly dense and structured with a silky texture and a dry finish. Lip-smacking good. At its peak now, but will hold a few more years. Reviewed October 1, 2008 ARTICLE »