The rolling hills of Vias along the Mediterranean coast is the perfect place to grow special, meaningful Pinot Noir that doesn’t break the bank. For one, the coastal breezes as we’ve seen time and again are essential for building beautiful natural acidity. But then there’s also the rocky volcanic soil that Comtesse Marion is treated to in the Languedoc. That gives the wine a depth of flavors and great concentration but without too much weight. The vines are also all over 30 years in age, an advantage over their peers for sure.
But even with the most ideal of conditions, you still need great winemakers to make great wines. That’s the Vic family to a tee. They’re fifth generation wine growers who know this land so incredibly well yet still walk the vineyards with such care and attention to detail.
This one has it all. It’s an aromatic fireworks show that’s backed by pure blue and black fruits. It’s well-textured, super fresh and beautifully balanced with a seductive bouquet of blackberry, mocha and even some violets. A little bit of Bing cherry, sage and crème de cassis creep up towards the finish, bringing everything together in seamless fashion.
Valery Renaudat’s 2022 P’tit Renaudat Pinot soars from the glass, with a mixture of black cherry and blueberry fruit on the nose, gradually unfurling to reveal some aromas of rose petal. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy fruit and a long, fresh finish that will keep you coming back for more.
Once again dialing up fruit from 1000-1500ft in elevation in the Dundee Hills, Chad’s 2021 is juicy, laser focused and roaring out of the gates. Chad tells me that similar wines (very similar wines) off this vineyard are raising their prices up to $55/bottle from $45 this year due to 2020’s lost year. But where most people are raising prices to recoup last year’s losses, the CHAD Pinot Noir price is somehow lower. A true gift from our favorite winemaker.
The 2022 Juliana Layla has finally made it in. Named after our now 13-year old daughter, her latest in a line of worthy Pinot Noirs leads with cherry cola notes, blackberry juice, and violet notes with a hint of baking spice. It’s a pure-fruited, high-toned Pinot Noir with a great mid-palate, silky tannins, and a lot of focus. Only 56 cases (two barrels) of this wine were made. This is truly one to get your hands on in abundance.