VOLUME 9, ISSUE 46
August 25, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Charles Heintz Vineyards: Getting to Know Winegrower Charlie Heintz and the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah from His Very Special Vineyard Lucienne: Very Special Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands Formaglini Vineyards Sips of Recently Tasted Wines A New Wave of Outstanding Print Wine Magazines Pinot Briefs Winemaker Up Close & Personal Paul Clifton, Director of Winemaking, Hahn Estates
Bink Wines is a partnership between owners and winemakers Deborah Schatzlein and Cindy Paulson. All of the wines come from the Yorkville Highlands appellation, which is located just south and inland of the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County.
Deborah has degrees in chemistry and biology, has taken many courses in viticulture and enology, and received winemaking experience in the Napa Valley and Russian River Valley. After a career as a chemical process engineer and environmental consultant, she ditched her day job to follow her passion for winemaking.
The name, Bink, comes from the Manx cat with a black coat and beguiling eyes. The lineup includes a Syrah and Merlot as well.
All of the wines are crafted at Bin to Bottle in Napa. The wines are sold on the website. 707-246-4468.
Articles About Bink Wines
2012 Bink Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 190 cases, $40. 100% de-stemmed whole berry native fermentation, aged 16 months in 20% new French oak. · Moderately light reddish purple hue in the glass. An easy drinking, elegant wine featuring cherries, cranberries, vanilla and cinnamon spice. The wine is very forward, with nicely managed tannins, and a pleasingly smooth finish of some length. Score: 90. Reviewed July 28, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Bink Thomas T. Thomas Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.4% alc., 92 cases, $54. Sourced from a 3-acre vineyard planted in 2008 adjacent Toulouse Vineyard. This is a monopole in that Bink takes all the fruit from this vineyard owned by a former Treasurer of Genentech. 4 clones: 777, 115, Calera and Pommard. This wine is 75% Pommard. Aged 16 months in 50% new French oak. A barrel selection. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Plenty to like in this wine with soaring aromas of black cherry and spice echoed on the mid weight palate that offers additional notes of sassafras and cola. Very fresh tasting and impeccably crafted with striking polish and harmony. Score: 92. Reviewed July 28, 2014 ARTICLE »
2009 Bink Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., $38. · Moderately light ruby red color in the glass. Demure aromas of cherries, spice, briar and marzipan. Lighter style, featuring flavors of dark strawberry and cherry with an earthy, cola-driven underpinning. The tannins are fine grain and modest, the acidity is bright and the wine is quite enjoyable although it does not offer the mid palate impact and finish of some other Weir Vineyard wines tasted. Drink or hold. Score: 89. Reviewed September 5, 2013 ARTICLE »
2006 Bink Hawks Butte Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Syrah
14.9% alc., $25. This vineyard is farmed by Cindy Paulson. It is located at 1,800 feet on a steep hillside. Most of the fruit is sold to Wells Guthrie of Copain. 25%-30% whole cluster. · Very dark reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, cassis, pepper and tobacco. Broad shouldered but refined with an intense, long, fruit-driven finish that leaves a hint of alcohol in its wake. An enjoyable, fully mature wine. Score: 89. Reviewed July 28, 2014 ARTICLE »
2005 Bink Wines Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir
$40. The 7-acre Weir Vineyard is farmed meticulously by Bill and Susan Weir. Planted about 15 years ago at 850-1000 feet in a unique cool microclimate, the vineyard is divided into older plantings (DRC suitcase clone and Wadenswil 2A) and newer plantings (Pommard Rochioli Riverblock). Williams Selyem has bottled a superb vineyard designate Pinot Noir from this vineyard for several years and Drew Wines bottles a terrific example. · A Pinot Noir with a Burgundian soul with plenty of earthy and mineral underpinning. The dark red fruits are juicy and pure and the wine is beautifully balanced and composed. Reviewed July 7, 2008 ARTICLE »
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