Founded in 1980 by Koerner and Joan has been producing acclaimed wines from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, the Sierra Foothills, and the Santa Lucia Highlands ever since. Our winery is known for its high-quality wines, exceptional vineyard sites, family-style hospitality, and commitment to sharing the Joy of Wine with the world. After years of customers asking for a Pinot Noir, we are thrilled to present our inaugural vintage. We tasted examples from appellations up and down the west coast, ultimately identifying the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA in Monterey County as the premier region for Pinot Noir.
You will find this 2021 Pinot Noir to be rich and silky, with vibrant red fruit flavors, subtle notes of earthiness, and warm spice all finding expression in this beautifully balanced wine.
One of the most unique growing regions in the world, the Santa Lucia Highlands couples ample, warm California sunshine with a truly cool climate. This area is heavily influenced by Monterey Bay, where one of the world’s largest underwater canyons impacts the weather bringing fog and cool maritime winds into the growing region each day.
We are proud to work with five premier vineyards in Monterey County — Sierra Mar, Garys’, Rosella’s, Lemoravo, and Soberanes.
JEB DUNNUCK'S REVIEW:92 - 94 Points
Coming from some top sites in the appellation and the first vintage for this cuvée, the 2021 Pinot Noir reveals a translucent ruby hue to
go with a great perfume of red cherries, mulberries, Asian spice,
sappy flowers, and some background herbal nuances. Beautiful on
the palate as well, it's medium-bodied, has a silky, seamless texture,
terrific balance, and a great finish. It shows the pure fruit character of
the appellation yet is complex, nuanced, and just impeccably done.
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