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Twin Oaks Cellars

Owner(s) Mark Weiner
Web site www.twinoakscellars.com
 
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Young and enthusiastic winemaker, Mark Weiner, learned his trade from Ed Kurtzman, Bill Brosseau, Brian Loring and Adam Lee. Two Pinot Noirs from Amber Ridge Vineyard and Sleepy Hollow Vineyard are produced at Crush Pad in San Francisco.

The wines have improved with each vintage as Mark gets to know his grape sources and refines his winemaking style. The wines are sold on the website and through a mailing list.

Reviewed Wines

2007 Twin Oaks Cellars La Encantada Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $42. Proprietor and winemaker is Mark Weiner. · Starts off nicely with alluring aromas of black cherries and sage fading a bit over time in the glass. Bright and juicy with tasty flavors of dark cherries, plums and lavender. An enjoyable drink that is nicely balanced, soft in the mouth and easy to cozy up to. Very good. Reviewed June 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Twin Oaks Cellars Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $42. · Aromas of ripe dark stone fruits, vanillin, green garden and fennel. Moderately rich flavors of black currants, cassis and cola with a hint of citrus peel on the crisp finish. Supple tannins and a silky mouth feel add to the appeal. Good. Reviewed June 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2006 Twin Oaks Cellars Amber Ridge Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $42. His goal with this wine was to “craft a more Burgundian-style wine versus a “syrah-style” Pinot, and manage the acids to enable the wine to be approachable earlier, yet retain its food-friendliness. · Lighter ruby in color. I like the nose for its confected bright cherry aromas. The flavor profile is layered and complex featuring Bing cherry, herbs, vanilla, and subtle spices including cardamom.. Light and soft, very clean and invigorating. Not a “hulkster” wine by any means, rather more demure. Very easy to cozy up to and it shows off Pinot’s best side. It will continue to drink well for several years. Reviewed May 7, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Twin Oaks Cellars Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $49. Mark has had experience with this vineyard while working at Testarossa. The goal here was to highlight the smoky, earthy qualities of this vineyard using yeasts, barrels and fermentation methods to draw those characteristics out. · The aromas were quite funky initially like a barnyard covered with rotting leaves. With air time, attractive dark red fruits emerged highlighted by herbs, forest floor and smoke. The core of red fruits were quite silky and the wine, although quite understated at first, picked up power in the glass. The velvety texture was a turn-on and the finish was very clean. This will definitely be more giving with additional time in the bottle. Reviewed May 7, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Twin Oaks Cellars Amber Ridge Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $42. Young winemaker, Mark Weiner, learned his trade from Ed Kurtzman, Bill Brosseau, Brian Loring and Adam Lee. This first vintage was produced at Crush Pad in San Francisco. The clones include the three most popular Dijon varieties, 115, 667 and 777. · Bing cherry, strawberry, toast and Asian spice dominant the appealing aromatics. Red fruit driven, there is a touch of oak and pencil lead on the lively and slightly hot finish. Soft and smooth. A 2006 Amber Ridge Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and a 2006 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir are available also. The wines are distributed in fine retail wine stores and may be order from the website. Reviewed October 20, 2007 ARTICLE »