Fulcrum Wines

Owner(s) Christianna Rossi, David Rossi
Web site www.fulcrumwines.com
 
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Fulcrum Wines

Fulcrum Wines Owner David Rossi’s background was in food marketing. He began his winemaking career at home over ten years ago and his success in amateur winemaking competitions led him to launch Fulcrum wines. Christinna Rossi assists David with the sales and marketing. David has a admirable philosophy: produce wines that are balanced with respect to acid, tannin, alcohol, fruit, oak, and age-worthiness. A fulcrum is a point of balance for a lever and his goal is to leverage the best wine out of the best grapes while maintaining balance. That is what Fulcrum is all about. He has crafted his wines at Crushpad in San Francisco through the 2008 vintage, but in 2009 moved to Bin to Bottle, a custom crush facility in Napa.

David's years of marketing experience are reflected in the impressive presentation of his wines. Each bottle is carefully wrapped in tissue and encased in a paper collar that has a seal depicting an acrobat juggling. This image embodies David’s guiding theme of balance (see photos next page). Six bottles are presented in a handsome engraved wood box - very classy. The inaugural Pinot Noir is from thee Anderson Valle vineyards - Akina, Hein Family, and Wentzel. The wine is quite good and is sold on the website.

Reviewed Wines

2011 On Point Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 69 cases, $35. Clones 115, 667, 777 and Pommard from the Petaluma Gap region of the Sonoma Coast. Aged 16 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Uplifting aromas of black raspberry preserves, cassis and spice. Tasty core of dark cherries, black raspberries, and spice. Nicely composed with balanced tannins and a velvety presence in the mouth. A solid, even special, daily drinker. Score: 89. Reviewed July 21, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Fulcrum Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 1,032 cases, $54. Released June 1, 2013. Clones 777 and 115. Aged 16 months in 29% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple hue in the glass. I was really attracted to the nose on this wine which offered an explosion of aromas including cherries, molasses, and roseate notes. Really delivers sumptuous flavors of cherries, raspberries and strawberries with a hint of complimentary spice that carries over onto the big finish. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Fulcrum Brosseau Vineyard Chalone AVA Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 101 cases, $54. Clones 113, 114 and 115. Aged 16 months in 25% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark red cherries, raspberries, pomegranates, spice and oak. The flavors replicate the nose and have appeal, but lack intensity. Muscular but not aggressive tannins dictate the texture which is typical of this site. A rather elegant fruit expression of this vineyard reflective of the vintage. About the same the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Good (+). Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Fulcrum Wild Cat Mountain Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 99 cases, $54. Clones 115, 667 and Pommard. Aged 16 months in 25% new French oak barrels. · Aromas of black raspberries, spiced plum, briar and a hint of mint. Mid weight sappy flavors of dark berries and plums. Soft and harmonious with restrained tannins. Pleasant, but wants for mid palate intensity and a notable finish. Good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Fulcrum Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 200 cases, $58. Clones 667 and 777. Aged 16 months in 37% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. A little floral, a little tropical, but smelling primarily of sweet Pinot must. Delicate, but satisfying flavors of deep red stone fruits, pomegranates and berries, with bright acidity lifting the fruit’s spirit. Well-seasoned oak shows up in the background. A little shallow upon opening, but tasted the next day from a previously opened and recorked bottle, this wine took on significantly more aromatic and flavor intensity and added a little spice for good measure. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Fulcrum Floodgate Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 190 cases, $N/A. Clone 667. Barrel aged 16 months in 30% new French (Remond) oak barrels. · Demure aromas of black cherries, black raspberries and baking spice. Lovely fruit core with luscious flavors of black cherries, cola and spice, robed in dry, fine-grain tannins and underlain with modest acidity. Very pleasing finesse with staying power on the lengthy finish. A very distinguished vineyard source that really delivers. One of the most outstanding wines I have had from winemaker David Rossi. Very good (+). Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Fulcrum Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 189 cases, $56. Clones 667 and 777. Aged 15 months in 33% new Remond French oak. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Brightly perfumed with aromas of black plums, blackberry jam and Chinese Five Spice. Deliciously rich core of blackberry and plum reduction sauce flavors with a very appealing accent of spice. The wines fills the mouth with fruit, grabbing your attention, but is light on its feet due to supple tannins and impeccable balance. A big boy Pinot with black tie class and flat-out terrific. Reviewed July 5, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Fulcrum Londer Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 149 cases, $56, released June 16, 2011. Clones 115 and Swan. Aged 15 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Effusive and spell binding aromas of fresh black cherries and baking spices. Very tasty core of darker red cherries and berries wrapped in fine-grain, firm tannins. A beguiling wine of great interest. Very good (+). Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 On Point Christina’s Cuvèe North Coast Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 306 cases, $34. Released June 16, 2011. Sourced from Londer, Gap’s Crown and Floodgate vineyards. Clones 115, 667, 777, 828 and Swan. Aged 15 months in 27% new French oak barrels. Bottle aged 6 months. · Pleasant perfume of mixed dark berries, plum and oak. Soft and smooth, but rather nondescript, with flavors of blackberries and dark plums and some black cherry showing up on the finish. Gossamer tannins make for easy drinking but the wine lacks focus. Decent (+). Reviewed November 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Fulcrum Londer Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 149 cases, $52. Clones 115 and Swan. Release June 16, 2011. Aged 15 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Bottle aged 6 months. · Very tight now with imposing tannins. Aromas of brier, forest floor, black cherries and dark berries. Earthy and brooding on the palate with mildly gritty tannins and an underpinning of oak. Needs at least a year more in bottle. Good. Reviewed July 1, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Fulcrum Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 154 cases, $54. Release June 16, 2011. Aged 15 months in 33% new French oak barrels and 6 months in bottle. · Moderate ruby color in the glass. This wine aims to please with aromas of dark cherries and berries, anise, and spice and similar flavors with an earthy, savory undertone. Medium weighted and moderately dense with a well-honed tannic backbone and a seductive silkiness. Much better with brighter fruit flavors the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Decant if you open now, but patience will bring more rewards. Source: mailing list and website. Very good (+). Reviewed July 1, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 ON Point Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 150 cases, $28, release date May 11, 2010. 86% Tondre Grapefield and 14% Doctor’s Vineyard. Clones 828, 115, 777 and Swan selection. · Aromas of blueberries with minty and green bean notes. Medium bodied with a decent core of darker fruits with a subtle green edge. Picks up some charm in the glass over time, but remains a simple wine. Does not have the powerful fruit intensity that is typical of wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. Decent. Reviewed April 23, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Fulcrum Wines Tina Marie Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 125 cases, $48, release date May 10, 2010. Clones 115, 667 and 777. Aged 14 months in 40% new French oak and 6 months in bottle. · Effusive aromatics featuring mixed berry jam and exotic spices. Creamy in the mouth with discreetly concentrated core of black cherries, raspberries, loamy earth and a touch of citrus lift on the refreshing finish. The tannins are reigned in making for early drinkability. Nicely balanced. Very good. Reviewed April 23, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Fulcrum Wines Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 75 cases, $52, release date June 11, 2010. 67% Hein Family Vineyard and 33% Hayley Vineyard. Clones 115 and 777. Aged 14 months in 25% new French oak with additional aging in bottle for 6 months. · A fruity nose featuring creme-de-cassis with a ripe raisiny tone and a hint of alcohol. Moderately rich berry and cherry fruit that is still reserved hidden behind flavors of oak and a strain of herbaceousnecss. Appealingly smooth texture and a dry finish. Good. Reviewed April 23, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Fulcrum Wines Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 100 cases, $54, release date June 10, 2010. Clones 777, 828 and 6678. Aged in 50% new French oak for 14 months. · Appealing aromas of fresh dark berries with a hint of forest floor and peat. Full-bodied and juicy, with a mouth coating melange of blackberries and raspberry coulis. The middle palate is rich and penetrating and the finish displays young firm tannins that should resolve. Wines from this vineyard need time to develop and I would give this at least two years in the cellar. Good now but could get better. Reviewed April 23, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Fulcrum Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 100 cases, $52. 50% Hein Family Vineyard and 50% Hayley Vineyard. The clones are 115 and 777. Aged in 41% new French oak barrels for 14 months and in bottle for 5 months. Unfined and unfiltered. · With urging the nose blossoms beautifully revealing hi-tone aromas of ripe berry jam and wildflowers with a dusting of oak. The balance is admirable and the fine-grain tannins provide a silky smooth texture that is very appealing. The flavor profile leans to raspberry and cherry with a sidecar of oak. Plenty to like. Reviewed May 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Fulcrum Wines Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 100 cases, $52. From three vineyards, Akins, Hein Family, and Wentzel. Clones are Pommard, 115, 667 and 777. Aged 10 months in 41% new French oak (Francois Frere and Seguin Moreau). · The wine leads off with aromas of cherries, raspberries, herbs and newly mowed hay. Darker fruits dominate the flavor profile, with hints of raisin, spice and wood. Plenty of acid, even a little tart on the finish, which also displays a fruity raspberry flavor. A very respectable effort first time out. Reviewed March 23, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Fulcrum Wines Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., about 100 cases, $60. 50% Akins Vineyard (Pommard), 25% Hein Vineyard (Pommard), 25% Wentzel Vineyard (Dijon 115, 667, 777). · The aromas of cherry cola and baking spice are very alluring. Nicely presented red cherry and cassis fruit in a lighter and feminine style. Silky on the palate with lively acidity on a lip-smacking finish. Reviewed June 9, 2008 ARTICLE »