Bruliam Wines

Owner(s) Brian Overstreet, Kerith Overstreet
Web site www.bruliamwines.com
 
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Bruliam Wines

A new label beginning with the 2008 vintage, Bruliam (the tagline is "Wine is Elemental" - with wine elemental in the life of the husband-wife owners) is the project of two wine enthusiasts, Kerith and Brian Overstreet. Brian is the CEO of fast-growing Sagient Research Systems. Kerith is a medical doctor who started out in general surgery, moved into pathology, and finally left medicine to raise a family of three kids. She did not discard her scientific background completely, using it to become a winemaker.

Bruliam is an amalgamation of their kid's names (Bruno, Lily and Amelia)

The first release was a Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands (Annahala Vineyard) crafted at Crushpad in San Francisco. In 2009, Bruliam added Pinot Noirs from the Sonoma Coast and the Anderson Valley and moved production to a winery in Healdsburg. The Overstreets have relocated in 2011 from their home in La Jolla (Kerith lived in La Jolla since 1978) to Healdsburg to be closer to their wine venture. With the 2010 vintage, a Pinot Noir was released from the new Sierra Mar Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. In 2012, the Overstreets acquired the small Two Sisters Vineyard in the Russian River Valley which has old plantings of Martini clone.

The winery's blog is very informative and has documented the creation of this winery from its earliest beginnings. Cool label too.

The wines will be sold through a mailing list and all proceeds will be donated to the Overstreet Family Foundation with multiple beneficiaries. The Bruliam Pinot Noirs may be purchased online. A Zinfandel was added in the 2009 vintage.

Reviewed Wines

2012 Bruliam Sonoma County Rosé of Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $20. A saignée of Pinot Noir after 24 hours of skin contact. Fruit is from the Russian River Valley (estate Torrey Hill Vineyard) and Sonoma Coast (Gap’s Crown Vineyard). Fermented and aged in stainless steel kegs after inoculation. No MLF. LIghtly fined for clarity. · Light pink-coral color and clear in the glass. Fresh aromas of strawberries, watermelon, cherry glaze and dried herbs. The flavors echo the nose with some welcome spice. A subtle riff of dried herbs adds an appealing savory accent. The wine is dry and refreshing and not in the tutti fruity genre of rosés. I would drink it with sushi. Very good. Reviewed May 5, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Bruliam Soberanes Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $N/A. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose and flavors are currently dominated by oak-driven notes of coffee and mocha but there is an enticing core of fruit under cover. Soft in the mouth with gentle tannins. Give this wine more time for the oak to integrate. Decent. Reviewed April 13, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Bruliam Caritas Cuvée Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.1% alc., pH 3.38, TA 0.828, $35. Sourced from Deer Meadows Vineyard farmed by Rich Savoy. The 2011 crop was plagued by botrytis and harvest was challenging. Mixture of co-fermented Swan, 777 and Calera. 100% de-stemmed. Aged 10 months in seasoned French oak and 9 months in bottle before release. · Light garnet color in the glass. Aromas of red cherries, red hard candy and rose bush. Delicate and pleasant, but rather hollow, offering crisp flavors of red cherries and red raspberries with a hint of herbs. Decent. Reviewed May 5, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Bruliam Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.46, TA 0.462, $55. Picking began a day before September rains. Clone 115. 100% de-stemmed. Saignée for a rosé was followed by minor acid and water additions to replace the volume lost. Aged 10 months in 20% new French Radoux oak barrels and 80% Radoux seasoned oak barrels. Aged 9 months in bottle before release. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is enchanting, starting out with aromas of black cherries and evolving to more complexity with scents of sassafras, bark, cola and cinnamon. Elegant and tasty, with mid weight flavors of black cherries and black raspberries and undertones of oak and anise. The fruit is well-framed by good acidity and gentle tannins. The finish is fruit-driven and charming. Very good. Reviewed May 5, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Bruliam Deer Meadows Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., $46. Released December 11, 2011. From a vineyard that sits 1,600 feet above the valley floor, farmed by Rich Savoy. Calera (20%), 777 (50%) and 115 (30%) clones are co-fermented. Aged 10 months in 50% new Francois Frères French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. I love the heady aromas of raspberries, strawberries, sandalwood and spice. Wood-kissed dark raspberry flavor on a lighter, elegant frame with mild, fine-grain tannins and adequate acidity. Reserved mid-palate impression and finish, but has charm. Tasted twice. Good (+). Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Bruliam Soberanes Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $46. Released December 11, 2011. Inaugural bottling. Pisoni clone. 100% de-stemmed. Aged 10 months in 50% new French oak (Remond), and another 3 months in bottle before release. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Takes some work to bring the nose out, but it grudgingly offers pleasing aromas of dark berries and exotic spices. Lip-smacking, middleweight core of perfectly ripe dark red and black berry and plum fruit. Very good supporting acidity and oak, lacking slightly in finishing length and intensity. Quintessential Santa Lucia Highlands fruit profile. Good (+). Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Bruliam Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $46. 100% de-stemmed, minor acid and water additions to counteract high sugar. Inoculated fermentations. Aged 10 months in 50% new French oak (Remond). Clone 828. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with vivid aromas of dark cherries, plum sauce, grilled beef, wildflower and seasoned oak. Darker cherries and berries are featured on a middleweight frame, with hints of herbs, straw and tobacco, becoming more expressive over time in the glass. Soft, well-tamed mountain tannins, finishing with a flourish of dark berry fruit. Will benefit from more bottle aging. This vineyard pumps out wines of considerable interest year in and year out. Very good (-). Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Bruliam Doctor’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.55, $52. Aged for 11 months in 50% new Franch oak from Remond. Clones 828, 777, 667 and Swan. · This is a crowd pleaser and a little more substantial tease with its exuberant scent of black cherries, dark red berries and forest floor. The tasty fruit is well robed in suede tannins creating an invitingly smooth mouth feel. Like eating kirsch-soaked cherries on a velvet blanket. Very Good. Reviewed December 14, 2010 ARTICLE »

2009 Bruliam Hayley Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.73, $52. Unusual wine in that it is 100% clone 114. · This Pinot is the most feminine, the angel of the lineup. Very pretty perfume of cherries, strawberries and spice echoed in the flavors on the palate. Soft, forward and charming, with a spark of acidity to enliven the cherry driven finish. Very Good. Reviewed December 14, 2010 ARTICLE »

2009 Bruliam Split Rock Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.82, $52. Fermented as 100% clone 667 with small amounts of clones 115 and 828 added at blending. · Rugged and muscular, this wine offers a bold array of earth-kissed, fleshy and savory dark stone fruits. As is typical for clone 667, the color is strong and intense and the tannins are firm and angular. Will appeal to fruit hedonists. Put this one in your cellar while you drink the Hayley and Doctor’s wines. Good. Reviewed December 14, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Bruliam Doctor’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.64, $52, sold out. Inaugural release from this new producer who donates 100% of profits from sales to a charitable foundation. 100% destemmed. Primarily Dijon clone 115 and Calera selection with smaller amounts of 667, 2A and Swan. Barreled as 70% free run juice and 30% press fraction. Aged 11 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddishpurple color in the glass. Brooding aromas of blackberries, ripe strawberries and a hint of oak sap and toast. A fruit-driven wine displaying charming and generous flavors of plums, dark berries and quince. Thick and bold, but not jammy, with supple tannins leaving a bit of heat in its wake on the finish. Very typical of Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. Good. Reviewed June 8, 2010 ARTICLE »