Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. Other premium cooler regions include Carneros, Central Otago and north eastern Italy. Pinot Noir is thin skinned, giving it lighter colour and lower tannins, and fairly high acid. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate, a situation which causes some to refer to it as the "heartbreak grape". When young, wines tend to have red fruit aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries. As the wines age, they have the potential to develop vegetal and "barnyard" aromas that can contribute to the complexity of the wine.
The name “Balade” (French for wandering) is fitting for a wine which will be derived from a different, single vineyard location with each vintage. The 2020 version of this wine has been sourced from the Santa Rita Hills AVA.
Pale ruby colour. On the nose there is classic California Pinot character with blackberry, cherry, cola and leather. The soft vanilla tones from the oak blend perfectly with the intense fruit core and soft tannins, providing complexity and balance and leading to a lingering finish.
Cuvee Barcelona 1872 Brut Rose pays tribute to Cordoniu origins, commemorating the year in which Josep Raventos crafted the first bottle of Cava. This exceptional Cava is draped in a bottle inspired by Spain’s famous modernist stained glass windows of Gaudi.
With a deep, intense ruby hue, the wine opens with an expressive, harmonious blend of grilled, smoked and toasted aromas with fruity notes (ripe dark berries). On the palate, the wine shows beautiful silky, velvety body with the same lovely blend of red fruit aromas and melted nuances created by well-integrated oak. With structure and a long red fruit aftertaste, this Sancerre should only be enjoyed after 12 months of aging.
Clos de Loyères is perhaps the finest of the premiers crus of Maranges, the southernmost cru of the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy. From a tiny plot of .65 ha planted in 1973, this is one of Nicolas’ cooler parcels, less sheltered from the wind. It is farmed using organic methods with 100% whole cluster, indigenous yeast fermentation in concrete tanks with gentle maceration. aging in barrel (25% new oak), small amount of SO2 added only at bottling.
A cool site in a warm year spells balance. This is a lovely wine made with 100% whole bunches and matured 18 months in barrel, this is a ripe yet fresh wine with smooth tannins and considerable finesse.In a time of global warming and in the right hands, top Maranges like this are a lovely and attractive red Burgundy with no rough edges.
From a tiny plot of .36 ha planted in 1975, this is a Massal selection with lots of millerandage and low yield. It is farmed using organic methods with 100% whole cluster, indigenous yeast fermentation in concrete tanks with gentle maceration. 18 months’ aging in barrel (30% new oak), small amount of SO2 added only at bottling. The nose is intense with red cherry, liquorice and blackberry and herbaceous notes. The palate is round with the acid creating some nervous tension. Tannins are present but very elegant. A superb wine.
With a southerly exposure, this 3.22 hectare vineyard is a mix of clay and lime. Oak barrels are used in fermentation bringing about soft and subtle tannins. The “Cellier aux Moines” parcel is very old with records dating back to 1258. With a terrific currant color, and a rich, intense fruit bouquet with aromas of ripe dark berries, this Pinot Noir has lots of sweet, pure fruit on the palate. It is a beautifully balanced, velvety wine that offers good power, back-end persistence and a lingering finish. This is a wine that can be enjoyed after a long aging period.
Made from Pinot Noir grown at vineyards located between 300 and 400 metres in Limoux. Light to medium ruby colour with a moderately intense nose of red berries and boiled candy. The palate is medium bodied with generous red berries, black licorice and some cake spice. Tannins are very soft and there is good acidity, making this a wine which is suited to enjoying with food.