Pinot Noir
'Big Brother', 2010

$ 140.00

It isn’t easy for a Pinot Noir to be extremely generous while still maintaining the delicacy unique to the variety. This is one of those. Blended from a vineyard in Annapolis, which provided the generosity, and from Bodega, which completed the balancing act, it should satisfy lovers of ‘big’ wines and delicate wines with equal facility.

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Winemaker's Notes

Pinot Noir comes in all shapes and sizes according to location and clone. I have found that the best expression of this part of the northern Sonoma Coast is to wait until the tannins have softened somewhat, giving a generous exterior to a solidly built interior – hence the name ‘Big Brother’. It is usually, but not always, from one single site. It has some dark fruit character, savory back note and deep structure for long term cellaring. It possesses a surprising level of concentration yet remains lively and true to Pinot Noir varietal character.




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  1. Judi Scherrer

    Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine CellarMay 2013
    Bright ruby. Vibrant, spice-accented aromas of raspberry, pungent herbs, candied rose and incense. Lush and creamy on the palate, offering strikingly fresh, intense flavors of red fruit preserve and floral pastille plus zingy minerality. Deep but improbably light, finishing with appealing sweetness and strong, spicy persistence. 92 points. Josh Raynolds

  2. Judi Scherrer

    Vinous February 2014

    Scherrer’s 2010 Pinot Noir Big Brother is built on linearity, focus and energy. Raspberries, spices, mint, licorice and cloves take shape as the wine opens up. Attractive veins of salinity and minerality support the finish. The 2010 is nicely nuanced throughout. It drinks well today and should age nicely for at least a handful of years. 91 points. Antonio Galloni

  3. Judi Scherrer

    California GrapevineMay 2014

    Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, forward, cedary, black cherry fruit aroma with light earthy notes and hints of anise and espresso; medium-full body; plummy, textured, toasty, ripe black cherry and other dark fruit flavors with good depth; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. A fairly big, yet elegant wine that could use a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. My Score 90. Nick Ponomareff

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