Red Car Wine Company

Red Car is a group of hands-on farmers, part of a small cadre of wineries in the region who are fortunate to grow a large majority of their own fruit. For several years now they have worked hard to go beyond sustainability and have integrated the concepts and principles of organic, biodynamic and permaculture systems into their farming as we search for nature's ideal pathways.

Red Car as it is known today was first imagined during an inaugural trip to the coastal mountains of western Sonoma County. Driving up King Ridge Road researching potential sites, the team had a clear sense that had found the place where Red Car should settle, a place to call home. It is hard to express something not fully formed, but that morning's sights and smells of the Pacific fog mixing with the giant redwoods as the sunshine pushed it back out to sea inspired in them a harmony with nature. They felt connected to the hum of the land and couldn't wait to express its uniqueness in our wines. In a short number of years, the Red Car team purchased land, planted a vineyard and quietly went about their work so that they might listen and clearly discern the essence of what came to be called the West Sonoma Coast.

Wine is important because it connects us to nature. But to offer meaning beyond itself, a wine has to come from a certain place, not just any place. And the winemaker must stand aside and allow that place to transmit its story without manipulation. This is the never-ending pursuit at Red Car.

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Red Car 'Heaven & Earth' Pinot Noir 2014
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "The 2014 Pinot Noir Heaven & Earth is dense and intensely savory. Dried cherry, crushed flowers, dried herbs and licorice infuse this powerful, deep wine. Although a bit austere today, the 2014 offers a good bit of complexity. It will be interesting to see if the wine fleshes out

Red Car 'Heaven & Earth' Pinot Noir 2013
"Heaven & Earth Pinot Noir offers notes of black cherry, cardamom, orange blossoms. " ~ Winemaker's Notes:

Red Car Wine Company Box Car Syrah 2009
91  International Wine Cellar 
International Wine Cellar 91 "Bright ruby. Dark berries, cola and licorice on the spicy, smoke-accented nose. The palate offers zesty blackberry and bitter cherry flavors and an exotic floral quality, along with hints of star anise and cracked pepper. Gains weight with air and finishes with

Red Car Wine Company Box Car Chardonnay 2010
"An exuberant nose of spring flowers, granvenstein apples and dulce de leche introduces a focused midpalate with fresh floral aromatics, concentrated fruit and nonoticeable minerality. The juicy finish lingers, leaving a heady impression of bright fruit and straw. This low alcohol Chardonnay is

Red Car 'Heaven & Earth' Pinot Noir 2008
89  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 89  "Tight and full-bodied, with loamy earth, dried currant and berry flavors. Touches of herb, sage and forest floor give this complexity and depth. Very closed and backward at this stage. Drink now through 2016. 367 cases made." ~ JL  Heaven & Earth is a vineyard designated Pinot

Red Car Wine Company Box Car Syrah 2008
"The 2008 Boxcar Syrah was sourced exclusively from cool vineyard sites along the Sonoma Coast. Cooler temperatures usually correspond to darker fruit and mineral complexity, and this wine is no exception. Its aromatics are dominated by blackberry fruit, but also feature mint, violet, and grilled

Red Car 'Trolley' Pinot Noir 2007
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94"Focused on a core of black cherry and blackberry fruit that's medium- to full-bodied, complex and spicy. Smooth-textured, with a long finish. Drink now through 2014. 733 cases made.."

Red Car 'The Aphorist' Pinot Noir 2007
91  Stephen Tanzer 
 Stephen Tanzer 91 "Vivid red. Sexy aromas of strawberry and raspberry preserves, candied rose and Asian spices. Bitter berry and cherry skin flavors stain the palate, given a firm edge by tangy minerals. Gains sweetness and depth with air and finishes on a strong floral note. I'd drink this now

Red Car 'Tomorrowland' Syrah 2007
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91"Dense and chewy, showing exotic earth, tar, wild berry and pebble flavors that are intense and concentrated, still echoing hints of fermentation aromas. Ends with full-bodied, chewy tannins. Best from 2010 through 2016. 647 cases made."

Red Car 'Heaven & Earth' Pinot Noir 2007
97  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 97"Delivers a tight, focused beam of rich, pure, concentrated blackberry and wild berry fruit that's full-bodied, complex and expansive on the finish, where this keeps unlocking doors of subtle flavors. Drink now through 2014. 292 cases made."