2014 Grey Stack Pinot Noir

2014 Grey Stack Pinot Noir

Four Brothers Vnyd, Bennett Valley, Sonoma

100 cases produced | Vosne Romanee Clones

$39.99
Retail Price
$55.00
Savings
27%



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VARIETAL: Pinot Noir

ALCOHOL: 13.50%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

94 Insider points

Reviews:

I absolutely adore this pinot. I'm not into pinots with a ton of jammy fruits and one dimentional depth. This 2014 Four Brothers vineyard delivers intense cherry and spice on the nose while revealing layer after layer of earth tones, pepper, and a kiss of vanilla oak (14 months of 25% new French Oak). Patrick does a fantastic job of showing quality care for his family grapes and making the Bennet Valley look like a super star part of Sonoma. This wine is truly a great expression of CA fruit metting the Burgundy flare. Such a great quality wine, we were fighting over who took the rest of the bottle I opened home. ~James Byus III

Why We're Drinking It:

Rare and memorable, this Pinot has its roots in Sonoma’s most exclusive and elusive soil and its head in Vosne Romanee. Thanks to a powerhouse team behind every vine and bottle, it is destined for greatness. Like so many wondrous wines, there’s not much to go around. So, carpe diem and carpe vino!

Why we love it:
An air of greatness
When the Sullivan brothers (there are indeed 4 of them) planted their Four Brothers Vineyard, they aimed high. Only the best would do and so they planted the Vosne Romanee Pinot Noir clone. Mindfully and sustainably farmed, the red Queen of Burgundy exudes her elusive charm all the brighter here in Bennet Valley.

Bennet Valley:
The hallowed ground of Bennett Valley enjoys the best of all worlds. Bounded by 3 volcanic mountains (Mt. Taylor, Sonoma Mtn, and Bennett Peak), this hamlet basks in the summer sun during the day and the cool air which flows through the mountain passes at night. As locals, our sourcing team knows this area well. And boy were they exciting to showcase the tiny and exceptional Bennett Valley region!

Stupendous Sully: 
The Four Brothers’ Sullivan are a dynamic bunch. Branded with their family name, all 4 take their part in tending their precious Pinot vines. But these vines are just the beginning. One brother makes this amazing Grey Stack Pinot (and Chardonnay), another is the lead winemaking genius at Benovia Wines. Yep, they’re that good. And it shows in every bottle.

Tasting Notes:

This is a truly unique wine with deep dense fruits of plum and black cherry. Slightly pressed rose petals and spice add to the evolving nose. The wine has an incredibly intense minerality that dances on the palate and mixes with the bright acidity. This wine has a beautiful balance. The wine finishes clean and pure without any lingering heat or astringency or anything out of place. I’m so excited about this wine now and can’t wait to see how it evolves over the years.

The Story to Know:

From the winery...

Founded in 2004 by Peter Young, Grey Stack Cellars is hidden away in the Bennett Valley AVA in Sonoma County. Vineyards and farming are truly the heart of Grey Stack Cellars, and behind the traditional rock walls that surround our vineyards lies the secret to creating our renegade wines: the cool marine climate and volcanic soils that can only be found in the microclimates of Bennett Valley.

At Grey Stack Cellars, we are rock solid in our philosophy "to make good wine." Our wines are limited in production, unconventional, and handcrafted with a flavor that can only come from our small valley with a big personality.

Owner Peter Young works with accomplished winemaker Patrick Sullivan to create wines with luxurious depth and character. While they specialize in Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, you will find all of our wines to be unexpected. As we like to say at Grey Stack: “We leave no stone unturned in the quest for the Grey Stack flavor.”

Peter and Patrick always use the techniques that will allow them to extract the most intense characteristics of the grapes. For example, indigenous fermentation is used for specific wines (like the Grey Stack Cellars Syrah) but for other wines (such as the Rosemary's Block Sauvignon Blanc) they find the best results come from inoculating the wines with cultured yeasts.

Their renegade approach to winemaking includes:

• Having a clear idea of the final wine and make informed decisions on that wine throughout the entire winemaking process.
• Picking the best fruit at the optimal point in time.
• Fermenting with minimal intervention.
• Aging the wine in new oak as it’s critical to developing textures and layers in big wines.
• Blending, bottling, and aging in a way that brings out the inherent qualities of Bennett Valley wines.

Perfect Pairings:

This wine loves spiced chicken, hearty beef stews, and your favorite red beans and rice recipe.

I love this pinot with a cajun salmon filet or a moroccan spiced lamb shank with roasted or grilled veggies. You can throw this down at any dinner party with a charcuterie and cheese plate. Sonoma county boasts some of the best cheese and beef in the world. Point Reyes and Cowgirl creamery for example and all kinds of natural grass-fed cattle. ~Chef James

Rare and memorable, this Pinot has its roots in Sonoma’s most exclusive and elusive soil and its head in Vosne Romanee. Thanks to a powerhouse team behind every vine and bottle, it is destined for greatness. Like so many wondrous wines, there’s not much to go around. So, carpe diem and carpe vino!

Why we love it:
An air of greatness
When the Sullivan brothers (there are indeed 4 of them) planted their Four Brothers Vineyard, they aimed high. Only the best would do and so they planted the Vosne Romanee Pinot Noir clone. Mindfully and sustainably farmed, the red Queen of Burgundy exudes her elusive charm all the brighter here in Bennet Valley.

Bennet Valley:
The hallowed ground of Bennett Valley enjoys the best of all worlds. Bounded by 3 volcanic mountains (Mt. Taylor, Sonoma Mtn, and Bennett Peak), this hamlet basks in the summer sun during the day and the cool air which flows through the mountain passes at night. As locals, our sourcing team knows this area well. And boy were they exciting to showcase the tiny and exceptional Bennett Valley region!

Stupendous Sully: 
The Four Brothers’ Sullivan are a dynamic bunch. Branded with their family name, all 4 take their part in tending their precious Pinot vines. But these vines are just the beginning. One brother makes this amazing Grey Stack Pinot (and Chardonnay), another is the lead winemaking genius at Benovia Wines. Yep, they’re that good. And it shows in every bottle.

I absolutely adore this pinot. I'm not into pinots with a ton of jammy fruits and one dimentional depth. This 2014 Four Brothers vineyard delivers intense cherry and spice on the nose while revealing layer after layer of earth tones, pepper, and a kiss of vanilla oak (14 months of 25% new French Oak). Patrick does a fantastic job of showing quality care for his family grapes and making the Bennet Valley look like a super star part of Sonoma. This wine is truly a great expression of CA fruit metting the Burgundy flare. Such a great quality wine, we were fighting over who took the rest of the bottle I opened home. ~James Byus III

94 Insider points

This is a truly unique wine with deep dense fruits of plum and black cherry. Slightly pressed rose petals and spice add to the evolving nose. The wine has an incredibly intense minerality that dances on the palate and mixes with the bright acidity. This wine has a beautiful balance. The wine finishes clean and pure without any lingering heat or astringency or anything out of place. I’m so excited about this wine now and can’t wait to see how it evolves over the years.

From the winery...

Founded in 2004 by Peter Young, Grey Stack Cellars is hidden away in the Bennett Valley AVA in Sonoma County. Vineyards and farming are truly the heart of Grey Stack Cellars, and behind the traditional rock walls that surround our vineyards lies the secret to creating our renegade wines: the cool marine climate and volcanic soils that can only be found in the microclimates of Bennett Valley.

At Grey Stack Cellars, we are rock solid in our philosophy "to make good wine." Our wines are limited in production, unconventional, and handcrafted with a flavor that can only come from our small valley with a big personality.

Owner Peter Young works with accomplished winemaker Patrick Sullivan to create wines with luxurious depth and character. While they specialize in Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, you will find all of our wines to be unexpected. As we like to say at Grey Stack: “We leave no stone unturned in the quest for the Grey Stack flavor.”

Peter and Patrick always use the techniques that will allow them to extract the most intense characteristics of the grapes. For example, indigenous fermentation is used for specific wines (like the Grey Stack Cellars Syrah) but for other wines (such as the Rosemary's Block Sauvignon Blanc) they find the best results come from inoculating the wines with cultured yeasts.

Their renegade approach to winemaking includes:

• Having a clear idea of the final wine and make informed decisions on that wine throughout the entire winemaking process.
• Picking the best fruit at the optimal point in time.
• Fermenting with minimal intervention.
• Aging the wine in new oak as it’s critical to developing textures and layers in big wines.
• Blending, bottling, and aging in a way that brings out the inherent qualities of Bennett Valley wines.

This wine loves spiced chicken, hearty beef stews, and your favorite red beans and rice recipe.

I love this pinot with a cajun salmon filet or a moroccan spiced lamb shank with roasted or grilled veggies. You can throw this down at any dinner party with a charcuterie and cheese plate. Sonoma county boasts some of the best cheese and beef in the world. Point Reyes and Cowgirl creamery for example and all kinds of natural grass-fed cattle. ~Chef James