Couloir Wines

Owner(s) Jon Grant
Web site www.couloirwines.com
 
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Couloir Wines

This is a new producer with the 2007 vintage of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. The founder and winemaker is Jon Grant, who learned his trade at several notable Napa Valley wineries including PlumpJack Winery, Corison Winery, Robert Mondavi Winery and Turley Wine Cellars. While a tour guide at Robert Mondavi Winery, he first visited the Anderson Valley in 1997. Grant loved the valley and the wines and vowed to make single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from the Anderson Valley.

Couloir refers to a steep mountainside gorge and reflects Grant's love for ski mountaineering. It was while managing a wine store at Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah and overseeing the resort's dining room wine programs that he became enthralled with wine.

Grant works with grapes sourced from both Anderson Valley and other California appellations. Production is tiny and the wines are sold through a mailing list and offered for sale at the winery's tasting room in Tiburon, California.

Reviewed Wines

2013 Straight Line Marin County Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., 332 cases, $32. 40% whole cluster. Aged 12 months in 100% French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. A simple but accommodating wine with aromas and flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, spice, savory herbs and toasty oak. Modest in weight and attack with balanced tannins and a short finish. Score: 87. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Couloir Chileno Valley Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir

12.9% alc., 194 cases, $44. 35%whole cluster. Aged 12 months in 100% French oak barrels, 30% new. · Moderately deep red color in the glass. The nose really perks up the senses with flamboyant aromas of red cherry and boysenberry. Expansive and layered on the palate, with impressive attack and finish featuring flavors of black cherry, black raspberry and spice. Amazing fruit intensity for Marin County and spectacular phenolic ripeness at a relatively low ABV. A very pleasing wine with balanced tannins and acidity, a silky texture, and an intense finish featuring sweet black cherry and berry flavors with real length. Score: 94. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Couloir Monument Tree Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 166 cases, $48. 50% whole cluster. Aged 12 months in 100% French oak barrels, 20% new. · Moderately light red color in the glass. Affable aromas of cherry, forest floor and spicy oak. Discreetly concentrated core of black cherry and black raspberry fruits offering very good entry richness leads to a persistent finish featuring plenty of sweet cherry goodness. The tannins are nicely tucked in creating an easy drinking experience. Score: 90. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Couloir John Sebastiano Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 193 cases, $52. 35% whole cluster. Aged 12 months in 100% French oak barrels, 30% new. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Subdued, but pleasant aromas of crushed berries, pomegranate and a whisper of toasty oak. Intense, concentrated, yet vibrant, with flavors of sweet boysenberry, blueberry and pomegranate in a mid weight plus style. The oak is nicely integrated, the modest tannins are supportive, and the juicy finish is fueled by vibrant acidity typical of the Sta. Rita Hills. This vineyard impresses me of late in vineyard-designated wines made by several producers. Score: 93. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Couloir Campbell Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 240 cases, $58. 50% whole cluster. Aged 12 months in 100% French oak barrels, 33% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose mixes aromas of fresh cherries with red currants and candied apple. On entry, the wine saturates the palate with flavorful cherry and berry fruits and persists with a vengeance through a glorious finish replete with highly aromatic fruit. Beautifully crafted, with balanced tannins and shear beauty of flavor. Score: 92. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2011 Couloir Monument Tree Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.58, 169 cases, $44. Released April 15, 2013. Vineyard planted in 1999 to Dijon clones by Duckhorn Vineyards and now owned by Twomey Cellars. Situated in the Deep End of the Anderson Valley, the vineyard is farmed by Ardzrooni Vineyard Management. Clones 777, 667 and 115. 50% whole cluster fermented. 7-day cold soak, native yeast fermentation, aged 11 months in 40% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Hi-tone scents of black cherry glaze, tea leaf and sandalwood. Luscious, perfectly ripened boysenberry, plum and black cherry fruits caressed by modest tannins, finishing with impressive aromatic intensity. This vineyard performed well in this vintage and this wine was one of the best wI tasted from the Anderson Valley. Very good (+). Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Straight Line Wine Mendocino County Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., TA 0.61, 550 cases, $28. A blend from vineyards that go into Couloir Wines single-vineyard designated Pinot Noirs. Fruit from Anderson Valley vineyards make up the majority of the final wine. 40% whole cluster, native fermentation. Aged 11 months in 40% new French oak. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of black cherries, spiced plums, and cut flowers. Discreetly concentrated flavors of dark red berries, black plums and spice with a hint of citrus peel on the refreshing finish. Easy to like, with supple tannins, and reasonably good length on the finish. Very good (-). Reviewed July 5, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Couloir Chileno Valley Marin County Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., TA 0.56, 93 cases, $38. The vineyard is situated on the southern border of the Petaluma Gap and is influenced by the Pacific Ocean to the west and San Pablo Bay to the south. Very long growing season. 50% whole cluster. Native yeast fermentation. Aged 10 months in 25% new French oak. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy fruit aromas with a prominent floral perfume including jasmine. An austere wine that is light on the palate, offering demure flavors of red cherries and berries with a mineral and vegetal note in the background. The acidity really dominates the finish. Just not enough flavor here to please the California palate and the whole cluster has dealt an unappealing vegetal note to the wine. Decent. Reviewed July 5, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Couloir Londer Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.72, TA 0.62, 141 cases, $38. This 15-acre vineyard is located in a warm pocket in the “deep end” of the Anderson Valley. Five clones of Pinot Noir. Farmed by Ardzrooni Vineyard Management. 80% Pommard and 20% Dijon clone 115. 40% whole cluster. Native yeast fermentation. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Intense aromas of dark raspberries and blueberries with a hint of pine. Delicious core of mixed dark red berries with hints of dark chocolate and spice. Well-structured and integrated tannins with a welcoming cut of acidity on the finish. This wine really attracts your attention and holds on. A consistently top-performing vineyard. Very good (+). Reviewed July 5, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Couloir Monument Tree Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., pH 3.74, TA 0.62, 141 cases, $38. This vineyard was planted to Dijon clones in 1999 by Duckhorn Vineyards and is now owned by Twomey Cellars. Organically farmed, this vineyard is situated in the “deep end” (cooler end) of the Anderson Valley. Clones 777, 667 and 115. 1/3 fermented whole cluster. 7-day cold soak, native yeast fermentation, aged 10 months in 30% new French oak. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Uplifting perfume of red cherries and tea leaf. Moderately intense flavors of dark red cherries and raspberries with a complimentary hint of spice and oak, robed in ripe, firm tannins. Impressive mid palate impression, welcoming crispness, and admirable finishing length. A serious wine of pedigree that needs more time in bottle for full expression. Very good. Reviewed July 5, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Couloir Oppenlander Vineyard Mendocino County Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.61, 116 cases, $38. 80% Pommard and 20% Dijon 115 clones. 50% whole cluster. Native yeast fermentation. Aged 10 months in 40% new French oak. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Brooding aromas of earth-kissed dark grapes and berries. Well composed array of middleweight dark red and black fruits with a savory mushroom and earthy bent typical of this vineyard. Perfectly ripened fruit, smoothly textured in the mouth, finishing with admirable length and crispness. Very good. Reviewed July 5, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Couloir Roma’s Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.1% alc., pH 3.75, TA 0.67, 142 cases, $38. This vineyard is located on a mountaintop ridge at 1,850 feet elevation. Originally planted for sparkling wine production, it was retrained to bilateral cordons for fine still wine production. Pommard clone planted in Goldridge loamy soils, now approaching 20 years old. Sustainably and organically farmed, managed by Couloir Wines in conjunction with Ardzrooni Vineyard Management. 60% whole cluster. Native yeast fermentation. Aged 10 months in 20% new French oak. · Light garnet color in the glass. Demure but pleasant aromas of cherry drops, strawberries, and straw. Middleweight flavors of dark red cherries and raspberries with hints of sandalwood. Smoothly textured with reserved tannins. Very elegant with high-spirited acidity. Good (+). Reviewed July 5, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Straight Line Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.76, TA 0.58, 660 cases, $28. 40% whole cluster. Sourced from Monument Tree, Roma’s, Londer and Oppenlander vineyards. · Moderate ruby color in the glass. Deep aromas of dark red cherries and raspberries. Medium-weighted core of juicy red cherry, berry and plum fruits wrapped in mild dry tannins, augmented with subtle spice and oak, and sporting bright acidity. Good. Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Couloir Chileno Valley Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., TA 0.57, 90 cases, $38. 33% whole cluster. · The nose initially offers scents of black cherries, mixed berry jam and spice evolving over time in the glass to reveal more intense fruit aromas and hints of grilled mushrooms and brioche. Tasty cherry and cranberry flavors on a medium frame with a faint earthy, tarry note, brought to life with vibrant acidity that leads to a refreshing finish. Toasty oak plays a supportive role in the background. A well-crafted wine that was even better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Good (+). Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Couloir Londer Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., pH 3.75, 117 cases, $38. 33% whole cluster. · Deeply colored in the glass. Subdued, but pleasing aromas of fresh berries, spice, oak and grilled mushrooms. Noticeably intense and concentrated with a tasty array of red and black fruits underlain with an earthy, savory, sassafras tone. A bit closed, but grows on you over time in the glass. Well-proportioned, softly coating tannins. Very smooth on the palate, ending with an hi-tone mixed berry note. Balance is spot on. Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Couloir Monument Tree Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.71, TA .54, 143 cases, $38. 33% whole cluster. Dijon 777, 667 and 115. Aged in 33% new French oak barrels. · The aromas are striking showing off perfectly ripe black cherries, black raspberries and a hint of pine. Strikes a chord from entry to finish, with a vivid core of cherry and berry fruit that is just plain delicious. The moderate tannins are beautifully proportioned, the mouth feel is delicate and sensual, and the wine is impeccably balanced. This sexy, irresistible wine has the whole package. Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Couloir Oppenlander Vineyard Mendocino County Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.52, TA 0.61, 118 cases, $38. 50% whole cluster. 50% Pommard and 50% Dijon 115 clone. · Aged in 40% new French oak. I have never had a bad wine from this vineyard and this Pinot Noir is no exception. Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Black cherry and blackberry aromas which are subdued. Impressive essence of dark plums and berries with some soul and grip, encased in plentiful grainy tannins, and persisting on a fruit-filled, earthy finish. The tannins should smooth out over time, but this will always be a firmly structured wine. The key to enjoying this wine is pairing it with hearty food and I had this wine with my home made buffalo chili the next day from a previously opened bottle and the match was heavenly. Very good (+). Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Couloir Roma’s Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., TA .56, 145 cases, $38. 50% whole cluster. Pommard clone now approaching 20 years of age. · Flamboyant aromas of red Bing cherries and sandalwood. Plenty of red cherry flavors, clove, other spice and everything nice. The lightest weighted wine in the lineup with less concentration but still packing plenty of flavor. Supple tannins, faint oak, and an appealing citrus note in the background. Totally different from the other wines and isn’t that perfect? Very good (+). Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2007 Couloir Monument Tree Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.52% alc., pH 3.65, 200 cases, $44. Released in the summer 2009. Planted in 1999 to Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777 by Duckhorn Vineyards, this vineyard was later bought by Chuck McBride who hired Paul Ardzrooni to manage the vineyard. Situated at the deep end of the Anderson Valley. Winemaker Jon Grant. · Moderately deep color and slightly cloudy (unfiltered). Nicely composed perfume of dark red berries, black cherries and spice box. Rich, plush and very satisfying with an impressive mid palate attack of ripe fruit leading to a finishing note of peppery spice and uplifting citrus vibrancy. A hedonistic fruit-driven style that will find fans. Very good. Reviewed June 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Couloir Roma’s Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.85% alc., 200 cases, $44. Released April 2009. Roma’s Vineyard is at 1,850 feet on a mountaintop ridge. The vineyard was originally planted in 1990 for sparkling wine production, but later retrained to a bilateral cordon for still wine production. Planted to the Pommard clone and organically farmed under the direction of Ardzooni Vineyard Management. 50% whole cluster fermentation in stainless steel open-top tanks. 7-day cold soak, native yeast fermentation, gentle manual punch downs, gravity fed into 8 French barrels, 3 new, never racked, fined or filtered. · Moderately light reddish-purple color. World-class nose featuring crushed berries with a kiss of baking spices. A lovely wine in the mouth, very smooth, with moderate ripe tannins, gentle acidity and discreetly concentrated cherry and berry fruit. Elegant and perfectly balanced with admirable persistence on the finish. A complete wine. Reviewed May 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Couloir Wines Monument Tree Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

8 barrels, $44. · Reviewed June 9, 2008 ARTICLE »

2007 Couloir Wines Roma’s Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

8 barrels, $44. · Reviewed June 9, 2008 ARTICLE »