VOLUME 9, ISSUE 43
July 19, 2014
Eric K James Vineyards
In 2004, Eric K. Glunt and Jim Walker, a University California Davis trained vitciulturist, founded their own label with their winemaker friend, Chris Demetre. The home vineyard is located 7 miles south of the Sonoma square just off Highway 121, in both the Sonoma Valley and Carneros appellations. The vineyard is planted to Chardonnay (3 acres), Syrah (4 acres), and Pinot Noir (13 acres).
The wines are not available on the website. I have seen and tasted the Pinot Noir through retail channels. The wines are available for tasting at the Growers Collective Tasting Room located in the Sonoma Plaza Square at 452 First Stree East, Suite G (www.growine.com).
Articles About Eric K James Vineyards
2007 Eric K James Carneros Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., $25 (but available for as little as $18 in the retail marketplace). · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Alluring aromas of dark cherries and berries with hints of mocha, spice and leather. The berry core really grabs on during entry bringing you to attention. Underpinnings of root beer, brown spice and oak add interest. Smoothly textured and easy to drink. This is about as good a value in California Pinot Noir as I have ever tasted. The label sports a turkey making this a perfect wine for an upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. Its darker fruit tones will match well with dark meat and stuffing. The heavy bottle will impress your relatives and they will think you paid a lot more. Very good. Reviewed November 7, 2010 ARTICLE »
2004 Eric K James Daniela Block Carneros Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., $15. From Napa-Sonoma Vineyard Group, Inc., Napa (www.growine.com). · The dark side of Pinot with aromas of black fruits, earth, smoke and ash. Brambly dark berry fruit that is rustic, rusty and well-oaked. Notable structure and backbone for a wine in this price range. (www.winex.com) Reviewed June 16, 2009 ARTICLE »
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