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Father John Pinot Noir

Named for a priest, made in an honorific style that entrances with elegance, and tasting like the Second Coming of Borgogne; Father John offers Pinot Noir’s fabulous hat trick of being stunningly good, highly sought after, and wonderfully difficult to find.
Vigneron Nicholas Moloney will transform your view of Sonoma Pinot Noir. These 3 bottlings represent Anderson Valley’s overarching freshness and vibrancy, Comptche Vineyard’s racy avante garde grace; and the stately rumbling of earth and bramble from Greenwood Ridge.

Sure, we’re happy to share what miniscule allocation we’ve got left. But truly, Father John speaks poetry to every Pinot-phile in our fresh-from-the-holidays office – so you’ve got the heads up before we tell the whole gang.

Winemaker Notes:
Father John Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2018: Concentration of wild cherries and red berries interlaced with earthy and floral notes. Fresh attack, the mid palate is voluptuous and balanced with bright red fruit acidity and smooth tannins and a delicate long finish.

Father John Pinot Noir Comptche 2017: The Comptche expression carries a remarkable acidity that balanced out by its own unique texture and tannin structure. Because the vines are own-rooted, its flavors come out much more bold and distinct. This wine carries a medium plus body for pinots and it also has amazing tannin structure that is prime for ageing. The length of this wine and its natural acidity make it to be amongst California’s finest pinot noirs.

Father John Pinot Noir Greenwood Ridge 2016: Pinot Noir you can see through with fresh aromas of red berries, earthy and herbaceous undertones. Medium plus body holding a lush and balanced tannins structure, unparalleled natural acidity and a long fruit driven finish. Will continue to mature beautifully in the bottle for a few years.

Wine Pairing:
Philosophically, you can pair this with happy banter amongst friends around a warming bon fire laced with the evening fog and simple pulled pork sandwiches. Nicolas Maloney, owner and winemaker, along with the wines namesake, the late Reverand John Weaver, would prefer a bounty of chatter, happy smiles, and whatever comfort food warms your spirits.

Practically, these classically styled Pinot Noirs marry old world winemaking with modern technology for a fresh, vibrant style that summons savory mushroom cigars, or a bacon and onion pizza. For a truly Mendocino gone Burgundy feast, portobello mushroom sandwiches with soft, melty cheese you can scoop up with barbeque chips.

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