Current releases

2012 Olivia Brion Pinot Noir

2012 Olivia Brion Pinot Noir
Heron Lake Vineyard, Wild Horse Valley

Black cherry and black currant flavors adorn this elegant yet generous young red wine, with sandalwood, cedar, blood orange, sassafras, and truffle notes adding depth. The structure is still compact, but it opens rapidly in the glass to a plush mid-palate. It has a lovely sweet core of fruit and usual very long silky finish. It is going to be great fun to watch this classic 2012 vintage pinot come into its own over the next several years. As in the Chardonnay from the same cool hillside, the signature ground-rock minerality is there right below all the fruit notes. Great vintage–one of my best wines ever!

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2011 Olivia Brion Chardonnay

2012 Olivia Brion Chardonnay
Heron Lake Vineyard, Wild Horse Valley

This lovely Chardonnay bridges the paradox between purity and complexity. At the same time it has the pure fruit notes of lemon and white peaches as well as the layered flavors of creme brûlée, baked apples, and quince jelly. The structure is elegant and stylish, the mouth feel is fresh and lively, yet deeply flavored without being weighty. The finish goes on for two minutes. As in every vintage, the minerality from our very rocky hillside is present and accounted for. This wine is nearly sold out–many of our friends who bought a case have reordered.

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2008 Palladian Cabernet Sauvignon

2008 Palladian Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

Protected by trees along the perimeter, it’s a cool Cab site by Napa Valley standards. The resulting wine captures a Bordeaux-esque acidity and complexity. Get wild red cherries, cigar box cedar, red currants, ruby grapefruit, mineral, graphite and dried wild herbs. Complements many foods, especially savory dishes.

This ‘08 vintage is drinking great right now (it’s a big hit at Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc Restaurant in Yountville) and will continue to develop for years to come. The blend is 8% Cab Franc and 92% Cab Sauvignon. This wine was two years in French oak barrels, bottled, and aged in perfect storage conditions three additional years on the estate before being released.

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2012 Olivia Brion Syrah

2012 Olivia Brion Syrah
Que Syrah Vineyard, Napa Valley

Very forward aromatics, unmistakably cool climate Syrah. Smell and taste blueberries, coco nibs, dried bay leaf, smoked meats, with a lovely floral violets lift at the end. As the wine opens up in the glass, I taste wild sand plums, white pepper notes, and a little licorice. Rich expanding mid-palate weight. This Syrah continues to open for hours and hours, auguring a long life. The Que Syrah vineyard is situated on a steep, rocky south-facing hillside in the southeast corner of the Napa Valley. Unique vineyard and unique wine. Only 110 cases produced.

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