" This Shooting Star Pinot Noir is a combination of Sangiacomo and Durell fruit. The Sangiacomo family is in their fourth generation of grape growers, and know how to grown Pinot Noir in the Carneros region of Sonoma. Durell vineyard is a little further inland and is managed by Steve Hill. Both are well known vineyards in Sonoma County.
Both lots were brought in mid- September and fermented seperately in stainless steel tanks. A single pump over a day is our minimalistic approach to winemaking preserving the quality and terroir flavors of the fruit. Aged in French oak for 8 months these wines develop beautifully in barrel. We are very gentile with these Pinot Noirs racking with inert gas instead of using pumps, so we do not bruise the wine.
The combination of these vineyards Sangiacomo and Durell create balance and complexity in the wine. The bright fruit and hints of strawberry come from the Carneros grown Sangiacomo fruit. The midpalate has a light sweet tobacco character and hints of spice, reminiscent of some lighter Burgundys. This wine pairs beautifully with a selection of smoked meats and creamy cheeses, and can hold up to a Mushroom Risotto. Delicious!" ~ Winery notes
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Our winery is located, as the crow flies, right around 100 miles directly north of San Francisco. However, there is no direct road, so it takes around 2 1/2 hours to drive from San Francisco. People usually take two different routes to get up to see us. You can take highway 101 north through Marin and Sonoma Counties. Just after crossing in Mendocino County, you will come to the town of Hopland. Take a right turn and head east on highway 175 over the Hopland Grade. We are 20 miles from Hopland.
Or you can drive up through the Napa Valley, staying on highway 29 all the way, coming over Mt. St. Helena. We are located on highway 29 halfway between the towns of Lakeport and Kelseyville.