Ryan Cochrane Solomon Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
Short story: 94 POINTS, single-vineyard, Solomon Hills pinot, and a wine company based in Napa that went crazy for it and THEN went to extreme lengths to get a few cases to sell you. A MUST if you love serious pinot! What a price!!
Ryan Cochrane, proprietor and winemaker, has a story we might all identify with. He did a stint making wine back in 2009, then quit his advertising job, risked it all, and made some pinot. And he MADE it. And now he makes wine for a bunch of other successful people. Life is good. And the wine is CRAZY GOOD, so it’s nutty to have a little of this 94-pointer in OUR warehouse to sell you ---- at the best price you will ever see, natch, ‘cause that’s how we roll at Last Bottle (and we love you unconditionally).
You can read the 94-point review, but let’s just say this: INTRICATE. Deep and layered, with sweet ripe fruit, spicy wood and herb notes, freshness and ripeness all inter-playing around in your happy, happy mouth. Can’t really imagine this singing much more than it already is ---- drink with unbounded joy --- esp. at our price!! RIGHT? While it lasts…!
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Technical DetailsCountry: USA
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vineyard: Solomon Hills
Aging/Cooperage: 10 months in French oak barrels
About The Producer
With grapes sourced from the best vineyards I can get my hands on, I produce food-friendly, structured wines that reflect the sites from which they originated. More importantly, I just want to create wines that make people smile.
Back in 2009, I wasn’t smiling a lot. The advertising agency I was working at had just imploded.
I started freelancing, but it was a bad time for work in San Francisco. I had always dreamed about making wine, so one foggy morning in July, I decided to stop dreaming about it and do it for reals.
I contacted Roger Nicolas at RN Estate in Paso Robles and asked if I could intern with him. Roger makes beautiful wines, but I was equally enamored of his DEY (do everything yourself) approach to his business. For some reason, he bought my BS and took me on. That year, I helped in all phases of harvest, from vineyard work in the spring to pressing and barreling in the fall.
I came back to RNE in 2010, and made 24.5 cases of my inaugural Pinot Noir on the side. In 2011, I tripled my production and was promoted to Roger’s assistant winemaker. I made two different Pinots in 2012 and my very first Chardonnay in 2013. All from two of the most extraordinary vineyards in Santa Barbara County.
I can’t wait to share my wines with you.
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