2014 Carneros Napa Valley Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir •Ceja Vineyard

California: Napa Valley: Carneros

Offer Expired:Mar 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm
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Mission Briefing


The Pinotlorian

This is the way.

Our creed, our mission, the reason we’ve been doing this for 10+ years is singularly focused on finding the good stuff. We kissed a LOT of frogs last year (check out this TikTok video we made and you’ll understand how many corks we amassed…).

But this. This Pinot sent us reeling like we just licked a Sonoran Desert toad. Which is to say, nothing but good vibes and a pleasurable experience ensued.

The first thing you’ll notice is the crystalline garnet color, concentrating to a deeper ruby core in the center. Aromas of dusty cherries, red and black, greet you in abundance, with earthy and spicy undertones hanging around back. The real fun starts when you taste it - the polished, supima soft mouthfeel guided by silky fine tannins. The bright fruit. This is impressively long, and one can’t help but start drawing parallels with a Pommard from a ripe vintage. It is ready to enjoy with any roast poultry, fancied up with black or white truffles, citrus, herbs, and root vegetables.

You probably don’t know Santori. We didn’t. It’s a super small project launched by John Santori. His family had a long history of winemaking in Tuscany, so when he graduated from Berkeley in 1970, he decided to carry on the tradition. One barrel turned into three, turned into six. His wines started winning local competitions and he decided to focus more intently on leveling up the quality. To that end, he brought on Leo Martinez, winemaker for Benessere Vineyards of St. Helena.

Leo worked with some of the best winemakers out there, but he was most influenced by Heidi Barrett, which SHOWS in the is pure, gorgeously balanced, classically ethereal Pinot. 100% from the Ceja Vineyard too, a missed opportunity that it does not wear this badge of honor on its label if you ask us, which borders Etude Winery in the bucolic windswept rolling hills of the Napa side of Los Carneros.

Excavated from the winery library, with a massive 44% break, the $25 you are paying includes all the dusting we had to do off these boxes that were just sitting there ‘behind the door’ waiting.

In a land where other similarly fashioned Pinots fetch $50-75+, you’ll be among the lucky few who share in this discovery. It seriously over-delivers from the same terroir.

Not much of this one, so if you’re still reading, make haste!

Tasting Profile


A crystalline garnet rim gradually concentrates in the deeper ruby core that is borderline opaque


Dusty cherries, red and black, dominate the redolent perfume, with earthy and spicy undertones


The mouthfeel, thanks to the bottle age, is sublime, with silky fine tannins accentuating bright fruit


Impressively long, one can’t help but start drawing parallels with a Pommard from a ripe vintage


Enjoy with roast poultry, fancied up with black or white truffles, citrus, herbs, and root vegetables

What the Winery Says

Leonardo Martinez
100% Pinot Noir
Los Carneros, Napa Valley
Ceja Vineyard
50% Dijon, 50% Pommard
Total acidity
6.1 g/L
Brix at harvest
Harvest date
September 17, 2014
18 months
25% new French oak
8 barrels

About the Winery

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