New Wave: American Pinot Noir

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Uncover new expressions of American Pinot Noir from three producers who focus on elegance & freshness over alcohol and extract what has been commonplace.

  • Evening Land Estate | Pinot Noir
  • Tyler Santa Barbara County | Pinot Noir
  • Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County | Pinot Noir

Evening Land Seven Springs

What — Pinot Noir
Where — Oregon, USA
When — 2017

Red fruit focussed with a savoury edge and touch of a light smokiness

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Raj Parr and Sashi Moorman work together across a number of properties and took on the Seven Springs vineyard and Evening Land property in 2012. The property itself holds a rich history having been planted back in 1984, with benchmark Oregon producers having sourced  fruit from there over the years. The estate has been biodynamic since 2007, and dry-grown since inception resulting in wines of purity and true expression of Seven Springs. A signature across Raj and Sashi’s wines, the fruit is the focal point, unencumbered by new oak, with a light touch in the winery to allow it to shine through. The Seven Springs bottling is sourced from the estate’s oldest Pinot Noir vines, and sees around 10% whole bunch fermentation. Raj and Sashi see this as emblematic of “where savoriness, smokiness, and nuance brought curious and adventurous Burgundy lovers to our region in droves.” The cult following of Domaine de la Côte, another property of Parr and Moorman’s, has made the wines nearly impossible to find, making the wines from Evening Land should hardly be overlooked as an insight to their winemaking philosophy.

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Tyler Santa Barbara County

What — Pinot Noir
Where — California, USA
When — 2017

Red plums, raspberry and rose hip

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Justin Willett began Tyler with a mere 8 barrels in 2005. A son of Santa Barbara, he was well versed in the great vineyards surrounding him and expanded his circle by sourcing fruit from a number of vineyards in the region. His Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir represents a blend of vineyards that he works with including some of the most prominent in the region including the Bien Nacido and Sanford & Benedict vineyards. The wine sees a natural fermentation and is aged in a portion of new French oak barrels before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Justin’s own words beautifully capture what he seeks to bring to the wines, “Tyler is dedicated to producing wines of delicacy and balance, where structure and nuance are favored above all else.” Obsessed with aromatics, Justin works delicately in the cellar to draw the full potential of the fruit, leading to wines as pleasing to the nose as they are on the palate.

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Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County

What — Pinot Noir
Where — California, USA
When — 2018

Red & black cherries, star anise and an earthy touch

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Jim Clendenen was venturing through France, having just graduated from pre-law at the age of 21 when the wine bug bit. From there, there was no turning back (and certainly no law school) as he ventured into the world of wines, working vintages between Australia, France and the USA. In 1982, he founded Au Bon Climat (roughly translated as ‘a well exposed vineyard’), focusing on the Burgundian varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winemaking is not overly intensive, allowing the fruit to shine forward, with the wine offering a complex blend between its fruit, savoury and earthy components. In addition to the estate, he also sources fruit from some of the most highly regarded vineyards in the Central Coast region, including Bien Nacido and Sandford & Benedict, as both Tyler and Evening Land do. Six vineyards make up the blend for the Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir, and provide one of the region’s truest expressions of what Santa Barbara has to offer.

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American Pinot Noir has for a long time been based on overbearing oak usage, large amounts of extraction and elevated alcohol levels. However, a great amount of diversity exists amongst those produced by Raj Parr & Sashi Moorman (Evening Land), Justin Willett (Tyler) and Jim Clendenen (Au Bon Climat), offering stellar examples of what the USA can provide. As three former comrades of the group ‘In Pursuit of Balance’, they focus on a restrained and minimal-intervention approach to winemaking and viticulture, a respect for old vines, and a desire to let their sites shine through.

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Evening Land Seven Springs

What — Pinot Noir
Where — Oregon, USA
When — 2017

Red fruit focussed with a savoury edge and touch of a light smokiness

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Raj Parr and Sashi Moorman work together across a number of properties and took on the Seven Springs vineyard and Evening Land property in 2012. The property itself holds a rich history having been planted back in 1984, with benchmark Oregon producers having sourced  fruit from there over the years. The estate has been biodynamic since 2007, and dry-grown since inception resulting in wines of purity and true expression of Seven Springs. A signature across Raj and Sashi’s wines, the fruit is the focal point, unencumbered by new oak, with a light touch in the winery to allow it to shine through. The Seven Springs bottling is sourced from the estate’s oldest Pinot Noir vines, and sees around 10% whole bunch fermentation. Raj and Sashi see this as emblematic of “where savoriness, smokiness, and nuance brought curious and adventurous Burgundy lovers to our region in droves.” The cult following of Domaine de la Côte, another property of Parr and Moorman’s, has made the wines nearly impossible to find, making the wines from Evening Land should hardly be overlooked as an insight to their winemaking philosophy.

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Tyler Santa Barbara County

What — Pinot Noir
Where — California, USA
When — 2017

Red plums, raspberry and rose hip

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Justin Willett began Tyler with a mere 8 barrels in 2005. A son of Santa Barbara, he was well versed in the great vineyards surrounding him and expanded his circle by sourcing fruit from a number of vineyards in the region. His Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir represents a blend of vineyards that he works with including some of the most prominent in the region including the Bien Nacido and Sanford & Benedict vineyards. The wine sees a natural fermentation and is aged in a portion of new French oak barrels before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Justin’s own words beautifully capture what he seeks to bring to the wines, “Tyler is dedicated to producing wines of delicacy and balance, where structure and nuance are favored above all else.” Obsessed with aromatics, Justin works delicately in the cellar to draw the full potential of the fruit, leading to wines as pleasing to the nose as they are on the palate.

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Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County

What — Pinot Noir
Where — California, USA
When — 2018

Red & black cherries, star anise and an earthy touch

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Jim Clendenen was venturing through France, having just graduated from pre-law at the age of 21 when the wine bug bit. From there, there was no turning back (and certainly no law school) as he ventured into the world of wines, working vintages between Australia, France and the USA. In 1982, he founded Au Bon Climat (roughly translated as ‘a well exposed vineyard’), focusing on the Burgundian varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winemaking is not overly intensive, allowing the fruit to shine forward, with the wine offering a complex blend between its fruit, savoury and earthy components. In addition to the estate, he also sources fruit from some of the most highly regarded vineyards in the Central Coast region, including Bien Nacido and Sandford & Benedict, as both Tyler and Evening Land do. Six vineyards make up the blend for the Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir, and provide one of the region’s truest expressions of what Santa Barbara has to offer.

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