Not yet bottled, the 2018 Pinot Noir UV Vineyard is cut from the same mold, with rocking levels of wild strawberry and mulberry fruits, medium to full body, loads of spice and floral nuances, and silky tannins. This quintessential, elegant, yet powerful Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is going to drink nicely for 10-12 years.
by JD, Jeb Dunnuck , 2020
A barrel sample, 2018 Pinot Noir UV Vineyard is from 100% Calera clone. Medium to deep ruby-purple in color, it charges out of the gate with intense scents of black cherries, raspberry coulis and redcurrants with hints of lavender, cracked black pepper, dried Provence herbs and mossy tree bark. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly styled with vibrant red berry flavors and an earthy undercurrent, marked by great freshness and ripe, fine-grained tannins, finishing long and mineral laced.
by LPB, Robert Parker , 2019
Sam has been making noteworthy and collectible Cabernets for his clients, Arkenstone on Howell Mountain, Nine Suns on Pritchard Hill, and Memento Mori in Napa with the help from renowned grape grower Andy Beckstoffer, all of which are ultra-premium brands made with meticulous care from pristinely farmed vineyards.
It was Ulises himself - an immigrant who worked for others for decades before striking out on his own - who drew them to this place. His story, his struggle, resonated with the Kaplan’s; after spending a lot of time in other vineyards, this was the one that felt right. When Sam met Ulises over lunch, the first thing he said was that he had no fruit to sell. But as the meal progressed, Sam and Ulises swapped life stories, and even a few tears. A bond was formed, and by the end of the afternoon, Ulises said... “I may have a little fruit for you, mi amigo.” Sadly, Ulises unexpectedly passed away in 2018 at 49 years of age. This has given Sam an even more passion for this project and to carry on Ulises’ dream with the help of his children.