GOLD MEDAL - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
GOLD MEDAL - Central Coast Wine Competition
The more 2007 California Pinot we taste, the more clear it becomes just how remarkable a vintage this was for Pinot vineyards all over the Golden State. While the vintage was hyped from the beginning, it is only with a little bit more bottle age that the wines are starting to drink to their potential. Today we are happy to have Heisted yet another gem from 2007, and especially excited that we are able to offer a single vineyard Pinot of this caliber for just $30. While there are many blended Pinot Noir that offer plenty of drinking pleasure, Pinot at its apex reflects the terroir in which it is grown, and this is only possible with a single vineyard wine. When the vineyard happens to be in an AVA like the Santa Maria Valley, with its perfect climate for Pinot, and the wine is well made, the result is stunning, and the 2007 William James Cellars Garey Ranch Pinot is just such a wine.
The 2007 William James Garey Ranch Pinot Noir is deep ruby in color. The nose is classic Pinot, with earthy, spicy notes stealing the show from the aromas of fresh berries. The palate shows more prevalent fruit, with black cherry, plum, and cranberry, and just a hint of pepper. It is beautifully balanced with plenty of acid to compliment the full body and structured tannins. The finish is incredibly persistent, with layers of fruit and spice coating the palate long after the wine is gone. A wonderful example of Pinot Noir from Santa Maria, this will pair beautifully with dishes that cry out for Pinot, like roasted pork, or anything with mushrooms. This is one you don’t want to miss out on!
Vineyard: Garey Ranch Vineyard
Clones: 777 and 115
Cooperage: 50% new French Oak barrels for 11 months
Case Production: 300
William James Cellars acquires long term contracts from Santa Barbara County appellations, with an emphasis in the Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley to create premium varietals to delight the changing palates of today's wine enthusiast. With its diversity of microclimates and soil, Santa Barbara County has the potential to equal the reputation of the world’s finest winemaking regions. Our small production winery focuses primarily on Chardonnay, Grenache, Syrah and Pinot Noir working closely with select growers who are willing to meet the specific high quality parameters through custom farming techniques.
Robin Bogue with the help of her dad, Bill, run the day to day business at William James Cellars. With energy and passion, this dynamic father-daughter duo is wholly committed to the quality of wines produced at William James Cellars. From winemaking and viticulture, to sales and marketing, Robin and Bill are determined to build a strong foundation to take William James Cellars to even greater heights.
Learn more at www.williamjamescellars.com.