2018 Grey Stack "Four Brothers Vineyard" Bennett Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $50)

SKU #1692080 92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark From a rocky, volcanic site in the cool-climate valley, this balanced wine is juicy in cola and dark cherry, with an earthy foundation of rock and mineral. Good acidity provides freshness and energy, a bit of tension around the otherwise supple tannin and soft length. (VB) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

K&L Notes

The Four Brothers Vineyard Pinot Noir is a true family-grown and -made, boutique-production wine. This small 11-acre estate in the cool Bennett Valley is owned by Jim Sullivan and managed by Jim and his three brothers. The winemaker for Grey Stack Cellars is Jim's son, Patrick Sullivan. Patrick is a highly acclaimed and experienced winemaker having worked at Peter Michael, Paul Hobbs, Lewis Cellars, and Rudd. Patrick now consults for several small wineries in Sonoma and makes his family's estate wines. The vineyard was planted in 2000. Vines are a true interplanted field blend of Pommard, 777, and Calera (a suitcase selection from Vosne-Romanée). The fruit is pick and fermented together using 50% whole-clusters, a long 6-day cold soak, native fermentation, 15 months ageing in 25% new French oak. The wine was bottled unfined, unfiltered.

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By: Carlo Delgado | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/30/2023 | Send Email
Explosive aromas of wild strawberries, raspberries, cherries, hibiscus, dried sage, dried rose petals, and hint of earth. On the palate, burst of juicy, fresh red berries, nutmeg, red apple skins, cola, savory dried herbs, with soft, gentle tannins on the finish. This is a delicious, charming bottle Pinot Noir that has an abundance of character, showcases purity of fruit, and expresses the cool climate where the grapes were grown.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2023 | Send Email
The price we have on this stunning Pinot Noir is just amazing! Grey Stack is a tiny family estate in Bennet Valley. This small block of vines was planted in 2000 on a steep volcanic hillside to Calera's Vosne-Romanée clone, plus Pommard and 777. The vineyard is owned by Jim Sullivan and managed by Jim and his three brothers (hence the vineyard name). The winemaker for Grey Stack Cellars is Jim's son, Patrick Sullivan. After making wine at acclaimed properties like Peter Michael, Paul Hobbs, Lewis and Rudd, Patrick now focuses on his family's own boutique wines and consults for some other small wineries in Sonoma. The fruit for this wine is hand-picked at optimal ripeness and fermented as a true field blend of clones. The wine perfectly captures the depth and complexity you always hope for from Pinot Noir. There's spicy deep red fruits, crushed raspberry, bramble fruit, blood orange, spiced citrus peel, but then a wealth of savory components also - dark rose petal, dried sage, forest floor, freshly turned earth, truffle, porcini mushroom. Deep concentrated flavors, but elegance and lift on the palate also. Power and depth, but a refreshingly modest 13.5% ABV. This reminds me of the powerful Côte de Nuits Burgundy vintage, the dark tinge to the largely red fruits with compelling earthy, umami undertones. Really good stuff, highly food friendly and will go in the cellar at least 8-10 years. Our winery-direct price is eye-popping (in a good way)!
Top Value! Drink from 2023 to 2033

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2023 | Send Email
For me, the more classical profile of Pinot Noir shines in Grey Stack's "Four Brothers" Pinot Noir. The aromas have a great note of clean red fruit along with a touch of herb and sauvage. On the palate there is a refreshing acidity that comes along with crisp red cherry, strawberry, and a slight hint of spice on the finish. Great elegance, balance, and typicité, it is a remarkably complex bottle of Pinot Noir. At our going rate, it'll be hard to match this kind of detail and nuance.

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